Daniel Sturridge attempts to explain his Liverpool injury woes
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge believes that his style of play makes him more susceptible to injury
Daniel Sturridge believes that his style of play makes him more susceptible to injury than other players.
The England international has only just returned to action after a spell of nearly five months on the sidelines with thigh and calf injuries.
I am who I am, and what makes me who I am is the way I play
Sturridge was on the verge of making his Liverpool comeback on two occasions earlier in the season before suffering further disappointing setbacks in his recovery.
The striker, who spent the latter stages of his rehabilitation with specialists in the United States, believes that his “explosive” style of play is part of the reason he has struggled with injuries of late.
“When you are a quick player you are more explosive, you do certain things the way I play,” Sturridge said, speaking exclusively to BT Sport as one of its ambassadors.
“But its part of the game isn’t it? With the way I play now and how you [Michael Owen] used to play, you make certain runs and are more explosive and do certain things that other people don’t and that’s what makes us who we are, who you were, and that’s just how it is.
“That’s football and if I didn’t be as explosive as I was I could play and I could be fine and I could not get injured.
“But I am who I am, and what makes me who I am is the way I play. And I have to continue doing that and continue doing the work off the field to ensure there’s no more injuries. God willing that doesn’t happen again [get injured].”
Sturridge, who joined Liverpool from Chelsea back in January 2013, has scored two goals and made one assist in six Premier League games for Brendan Rodgers’ men so far this season.
He played for 74 minutes as Liverpool beat top-four rivals Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 in the Premier League at Anfield on Tuesday night.
Watch the full interview on ‘Owen Meets Sturridge’ at 22:00 GMT on BT Sport 1 on Thursday. Watch Crystal Palace v Liverpool in the FA Cup fifth round on BT Sport 1 from 17:00 GMT on Saturday.