Daniel Sturridge is injured, again, and looks set to miss Liverpool’s festive fixtures.
The 26-year-old striker suffered a hamstring strain in the 2-0 defeat against Newcastle United on Sunday when he was brought on as a substitute to help them try to win the game.
Sturridge has been sent for a scan to determine the extent of the injury and it looks like he might not play for Liverpool again in 2015 meaning he’ll miss fixtures against West Brom, Watford, Leicester and Sunderland in the Premier League as well as FC Sion in the Europa League. If the injury stretches into the New Year he could be a doubt for the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final against Stoke at the start of January.
Some people are placing the blame for this injury, or some of it at least, with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp. They argue that Klopp should not have played Sturridge twice in one week while he was still getting back to full fitness after recovering from his previous injury. Or maybe they are just arguing that Sturridge shouldn’t play more than once a week period.
I think that’s a bit unfair on Klopp. Sturridge should be able to play more than once a week and having played well midweek in the Capital One Cup against Southampton where he managed to score twice, it made him the obvious to come on when Liverpool needed a goal.
It’s getting to the point where I’m more surprised when Sturridge isn’t injured and can actually play. This is a big blow to Liverpool and their hopes of a top four finish.