Rodgers gives latest Liverpool injury update ahead of QPR clash
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers discusses the ongoing fitness problems of Reds striker Daniel Sturridge
Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool have unearthed some underlying issues that have hampered Daniel Sturridge’s season.
The 25-year-old striker has barely featured for the Reds this season following a string of calf and thigh problems.
Daniel is like every other player – he wants to play and wants to be available
Sturridge made his comeback from a five-month injury lay-off in February, however, the England international succumbed to further fitness problems last month.
Speaking at his pre-match media conference ahead of their clash against Queens Park Rangers at Anfield on Saturday afternoon, Rodgers gave an update on Sturridge’s current injury status.
Rodgers said: “We have found some underlying issues that maybe relate to Dan’s issues and problems that he’s had this season, and the ongoing problems that he’s had.
“The staff and medical team here are liaising with some of the great medics in America and we’re just doing everything we possibly can to give Daniel the opportunity to remain fit and consistent and available.
“We’ll see how it goes between now and the end of the season, but it was something that we decided was going to be best for him to give him every chance to be consistently fit.”
Rodgers continued: “Daniel is like every other player – he wants to play and wants to be available.
“It’s just unfortunate for him that this has been a season that on the back of how fantastic he was last season, he really wanted to build on that.”
Sturridge scored 21 goals in 27 Premier League appearances last season, helping the Reds to launch an unlikely title challenge.
The former Manchester City striker completed a £12m move to the five-time European champions from Chelsea in January 2013.
The Birmingham-born England international has scored 35 goals in just 55 Premier League games following his move to the Merseyside club.