Former Liverpool star blasts Daniel Sturridge’s fitness problems

Mark Lawrenson questions whether Daniel Sturridge's injury woes are purely physical

Mark Lawrenson has questioned whether Daniel Sturridge’s injury problems are more than just a physical issue.

The Reds striker was an unused substitute in Liverpool’s 4-1 victory over his former club Manchester City at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.

Sturridge hasn’t featured for the Merseyside outfit under Brendan Rodgers’s successor Jurgen Klopp after his last appearance came in October’s Merseyside derby.

The England international has started just 10 Premier League games over the past 12 months following a string of ankle, hip and hamstring injuries.

Former Liverpool defender Lawrenson blasted Sturridge’s fitness problems after Klopp opted against naming the striker in his starting line-up.

“As for Daniel Sturridge, his fitness is a bigger If than Rudyard Kipling’s,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

“Everyone knows he has got ability but sometimes you wonder if it is just a physical problem, because he is injured so so often.”

Sturridge scored a brilliant brace in a 3-2 victory over Aston Villa at Anfield in September.

The Reds forward moved to Liverpool in a £12m deal from defending Premier League champions Chelsea in January 2013.

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The England man will hope to feature against Swansea City at Anfield next weekend.

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