Sturridge loss for Liverpool is bigger than Suarez was

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge has been ruled out for up to eight weeks and the England striker will be sorely missed by Brendan Rodgers.

Luis Suarez may have stolen the headlines at Anfield in recent weeks - but Daniel Sturridge is still the main man at Liverpool.

Leading his side's early-season charge for a Champions League place, the England striker has been in stunning form since August, racking up nine goals and two assists to boot.

In fact, his stunning form stretches all the way back to January, when he was freed from the chaotic atmosphere of the Chelsea dressing room and given a new lease of life at Liverpool.

Sturridge has formed a quite formidable partnership with fellow frontman Suarez, scoring a quite phenomenal 22 times in just 30 appearances for the Reds.

What luck, then, that the 24-year-old has been ruled out for between six to eight weeks with an ankle ligament injury - just when Liverpool have entered their most testing period of the season.

For evidence of what a big miss Sturridge will be for Brendan Rodgers' men, just look at their last two fixtures.

The England man's absence against Hull City left Liverpool exposed up front, with Suarez isolated and Steven Gerrard tasked with the goalscoring burden. The 3-1 loss that followed had an air of inevitability about it.

The week before, meanwhile, Sturridge came off the bench against Everton with just 11 minutes to go. But that was more than enough for the 24-year-old to take the game by the scruff of the neck and head home a vital late equaliser.

No matter how important Suarez is to the Anfield side, Sturridge can never be forgotten. And that is why the prolific striker will be so greatly missed in the coming weeks.

In December alone, the Reds will face Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea; a Liverpool side led by both Sturridge and Suarez may have fancied their chances against all three of them.

But with their joint-top goalscorer facing two months on the sidelines, Liverpool's bid for Champions League football looks a great deal trickier.

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