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Sturridge out, 3 in: Klopp needs to conduct this transfer business in the summer for Liverpool

After showing signs of being the perfect option to lead Liverpool’s dangerous attack, Daniel Sturridge has faded away into nothingness – and the Reds fans here in the Tavern think it may be the end for the striker.

Injury after injury has left the England forward sidelined for large swathes of the season, with the striker mustering a modest five Premier League starts this season.

Jurgen Klopp has given Sturridge time to prove his fitness, despite calls from former midfielder Didi Hamann to publicly call out the player for his poor mental attitude towards injury, claiming many of them are ‘in his head’.

Time is now running out for Sturridge.

At the age of 27, the forward should be at the peak of his powers, yet rarely finds himself on the pitch.

Admittedly at one stage the former Chelsea man looked like one of the best finishers in the division, but this ability seems to have deserted him.

If Hamann is right in his damning verdict of the striker, then it is time Liverpool cut their losses and moved the player on.

Klopp is an ambitious manager, and cannot rely on Sturridge to return to his former self.

Liverpool require a quality striker, and do not need the forward rotting on the injury table for the next few years.

A club will undoubtedly gamble on the fitness of Sturridge this summer, but Klopp will be looking for replacements to bolster his squad.

Here we take a look at three players Klopp could turn to this summer to improve the Anfield side, including a direct replacement for the crocked forward.

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