Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridgeinsists he is not thinking about his own future with the team in the middle of a title challenge.
The 29-year-old’s contract expires in the summer and his pitch time has been limited this season because of the form and fitness of the front three of Mohamed Salah,Roberto Firminoand Sadio Mane.
Although the former England international is probably the healthiest he has been in several years, his chequered injury record and lack of first-team opportunities is likely to mean there will be no extension to his £120,000-a-week contract.
There has been little speculation about potentially interested clubs and Sturridge knows it is important not to disrupt the club’s bid to end a 29-year title drought.
“I’m staying focused on right now. You’ve got to live in the present, you can never live in the future,” he told BBC Radio 1 Extra.
“I’ve been at Liverpool a long time and I’m happy too. I want to try and help bring the team some success; to win a trophy with them would be amazing.
“We’ve come close before, finals, almost won the Premier Leaguebefore but we didn’t quite do it.”
Fellow forward Mane is confident they can finally end their long wait to add to their 18 league championships, the last of which was won two years before he was even born.
Jurgen Klopp’s side currently top the Premier Leaguewith a four-point advantage over defending champions Manchester City.
“Of course we are confident if we’re winning – but not too much, we know what can happen,” the Senegal international told LiverpoolFC.com.
“We are still professional footballers and we’re still going to try to take it game by game.
“We have experience now. The season is long and we have many games. Making pressure for ourselves doesn’t help. Why not just try to win games until the end of the season?”