STEVEN Gerrard believes Daniel Sturridge still has a huge part to play in what could be a special season for Liverpool.
The striker endured another forgetful performance in The Reds’ 1-0 FA Cup third round win away to Plymouth Argyle, and his reaction to being subbed did little to dampen rumours of unhappiness.
But Gerrard insists that, while Sturridge’s situation remains unclear, his goalscoring touch is a valuable asset for Liverpool.
The former Reds captain, who was on TV duty with BT Sport, said: “That’s the thing that Daniel’s got to assess himself. Only he knows whether he’s happy, whether he’s frustrated or whether he wants to go somewhere else and challenge himself.
“But Liverpool aren’t going to let him go for cheap. Liverpool need him. He scores goals when he plays, his minutes-to-goals ratio is incredible.
“I’m sure if someone came along with a huge, huge offer and Daniel wanted it there could be a solution there, but as it stands right now Liverpool need Daniel Sturridge and I can’t see him going anywhere short-term.”
Sturridge has six goals in all competitions so far this season but only two of those have come in the league.
Liverpool currently sit third in the Premier League table, only behind Spurs on goal difference and seven points off leaders Chelsea.
Gerrard believes Klopp’s side could be on the verge of something special, though, and has advised Sturridge to remain patient.
“He’s capable of world-class moments and performances and I think Liverpool are on the verge of something really big under this manager,” he added.
“Maybe he is frustrated from week to week but there’s a great chance he could get silverware with Liverpool in the near future.
“If I were him I’d be patient. I think there’s good things on the horizon.”