Sturridge Injury Angers Rodgers

Jake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has criticised the way that England handled Daniel Sturridge after the Liverpool striker incurred an injury playing for the national side.

The 25-year-old strained his thigh during Friday’s international training session, just two days after playing in England’s friendly against Norway. He was unable to take part in Monday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland and may miss Liverpool’s next fixture.

Rodgers has claimed that Sturridge was not given sufficient time to recover from the midweek action, resulting in added strain on the player when training two days later.

“The only disappointment for us was Daniel Sturridge coming back injured as he had started the season very well,” Rodgers said. “We’re obviously disappointed because we feel it was an injury which could have been prevented.

“I think clubs work differently at times to international teams. It’s more the recovery strategy. When we look at our players here we look at them individually in terms of what their needs are.

“Fast players would have a second day recovery while other players can work on that day. Quick players like Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling and boys like Danny Welbeck need time to recover.”

Sturridge has scored one goal in three appearances for Liverpool so far this season. It looks unlikely that he’ll be back in time for Liverpool’s home fixture against Villa this weekend.

With the striker side-lined, Rodgers will likely put Rickie Lambert up front with Balotelli and use Raheem Sterling at the tip of a midfield diamond formation (4-1-3-2). Sterling and Lambert were both key to England’s victory on Monday in Basel so the Liverpool boss will be looking to build on their outstanding form.

With Sturridge looking at two to three weeks out of the game, it’ll be a race against time to see if he’ll be fit for the Merseyside derby at the end of the month.