Liverpool legend John Barnes believes the club could find it difficult to sell Daniel Sturridge this summer.
The England striker has become something of a bit-part player at Liverpool this season with Jurgen Klopp strongly hinting at a parting of ways come the summer.
Sturridge has been linked with AC Milan, West Ham, and perhaps more fancifully, Arsenal, with the Reds expected to seek around £25million for the striker.
Barnes, however, believes it won’t be easy to offload Sturridge this summer and says the England man may start next season at Anfield.
Asked whether Strurridge’s time with Liverpool was coming to an end, Barnes, speaking on behalf of Bonus Code Bets, told IBTimes UK: “I think he’s got a contract, so, unless someone comes in and makes a bid that Liverpool accept and are obviously going to pay him the salary that he wants, he will remain at Anfield.
“When people talk about players leaving clubs, first of all you need somebody to buy them and you need somebody to match their wages. If that doesn’t happen, players stay at clubs.
“If that doesn’t happen, and, with his injury record, clubs may not come in for him, it’s a question of… If Daniel Sturridge is fit, of course he’s going to be in Liverpool’s team.
“Fit and motivated. If Daniel Sturridge is injured, obviously this is when the question marks come up against him and about his future at Liverpool. But as I said, unless somebody is willing to pay the salary that Daniel Sturridge is on and pay the transfer fee, he will be at Liverpool next year.”
Speaking about Klopp’s future earlier this month, Klopp said: “I have no idea what happens in the summer. It is not only Daniel but a lot of players.
“Daniel was not in training for eight or nine days because of a virus infection. We have to bring him back to the best shape possible and then bring this season to an end as successfully as possible.
“Then we will make decisions and speak about Daniel and any other players about what will happen at the end of the season.
“A lot of things will influence this and we can speak about it when it is time.”