Photo: Liverpool star Daniel Sturridge all smiles despite injury setback

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge isn't letting his injury problems put a dampener on his mood

Daniel Sturridge is keeping his spirits high despite the Liverpool striker’s latest injury setback.

The 26-year-old forward has faced a fresh wave of criticism in recent weeks after Sturridge picked up a hamstring injury during last Sunday’s 2-0 loss at Newcastle United.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has recently discussed how the England striker needs to learn the difference between “real pain and pain” following an injury-hit 18 months.

But Sturridge was staying positive and vowed to keep smiling as the England international took to Instagram to upload a post on Friday evening ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Watford on Sunday evening.

Sturridge wrote: “Close up ting. Smile.”

The former Manchester City striker has scored two goals in five Premier League games for the Merseyside outfit this season.

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The Liverpool striker netted an impressive brace in the Reds’s 6-1 victory over Southampton in the League Cup earlier this month.

The England international moved to Liverpool from Chelsea in a £13m deal in 2013.

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