Jamie Redknapp comments on Daniel Sturridge's 'preventable' injury

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Former midfielder draws upon personal experience when commenting on Liverpool striker's preventable injury.

The injury suffered by Daniel Sturridge whilst on international duty, that prevents him from competing at club level for the foreseeable future, has opened up a rift between Liverpool and the England national football team.

For Brendan Rodgers, the thigh muscle strain could have been prevented, and this is a viewpoint echoed by former Reds midfielder Jamie Redknapp, who sympathises with Liverpool supporters and the coaching staff who may have become frustrated over the ordeal.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Redknapp said: "If there’s anyone who can talk about situations around injuries it’s me. I broke my ankle twice playing for England and tore my hamstring."

He continued: "I hope Daniel Sturridge's injury with England can be – not just for him but for a lot of players – a turning point, where people say ‘what do these players do after a game?’. Each person needs their own training schedule tailored."

Sturridge has a history of muscular problems and has, since he moved to Merseyside, sustained six thigh injuries, two ankle knocks and suffered a hat-trick of hamstring complaints. It has been stated that, in order to prevent muscular problems from arising, then rest periods must be honoured, rather than intensive training - an ideology that Rodgers subscribes to.

"I think there has to be more dialogue between managers and the England staff and I think Brendan Rodgers made a really valid point that some players do need an extra day’s rest. Speak to the clubs and find out what he does and I think that’s a case of the medical men speaking to each other.

"Rodgers has claimed there was dialogue and that’s a different argument altogether. That would frustrate the life out of you as a manager because it’s four or five days before the game so there’s no need to put him in that situation.

"England’s point is that they’ve got a game and they’re trying to get him right for the Switzerland game. But I also have a lot of sympathy for Liverpool. I can completely understand their frustration, their best centre-forward gets injured playing for England and it certainly could have been avoided."

Redknapp added: "He’s missed a few weeks of his career but I missed years. I look back now and Liverpool fans used to come up to me and say ‘why are you playing for England, we want you to play for us’. And it does create a divide.

"There’s not a lot you can do now but you’ve got to make sure it doesn’t happen again," he concluded.

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