Liverpool legend Michael Owen says that the club should keep Three Lions forward Daniel Sturridge in the team despite the option of selling him.

The player is one that seems to be earmarked for a summer sale but Owen has urged that they keep him beyond the summer window.

Sturridge has struggled to get the goals this season. He has gone on long dry spells too and has struggled to remain fit for selection. The 27-year old could be shipped off by Coach Jurgen Klopp who is also not having the best time as a manager as the team keeps taking a step forward and one backwards.

“At Liverpool I don’t think there is a player in that squad that is as good a finisher as him. He’s a very good finisher and he will score goals if he plays consistently. The competition for the centre forwards place is between him and [Divock] Origi really and [Roberto] Firmino plays up there on occasion as well and I actually think if he goes anywhere else the competition will be even stronger,” Owen said.

The Pundit also made a case for the player to be retained as the club would need all the support when they make it to Europe next year.

“And of course, Liverpool aren’t in Europe this season but will be next year so there will be a lot more games. Personally, if I was him I’d want to stick around and I’d be surprised if Jurgen Klopp wanted to move him on as well,” he added.

This campaign, Sturridge has netted six times in 17 games. He has however made most off his appearances from the bench as he has started just nine times. Klopp might retain the player as expected as the defensive unit is more of the problem this season.