Liverpool legend Steve Nicol says he feels for Daniel Sturridge after the striker’s latest injury setback, but admits that he’s far from surprised at the news.
The 25-year-old injured his thigh in training at Melwood on Tuesday afternoon, with scans later revealing that he will face between four to six weeks on the sidelines.
Sturridge, who scored 25 times last season, has made just three Premier League appearances this term and only returned to full training last Wednesday after recovering from a calf strain suffered in October.
His health problems this season date back to a thigh strain picked up while with England in September, with Liverpool since winning just four times in 14 matches without their star goalscorer.
Fitness issues are, unfortunately, nothing new for the former Manchester City and Chelsea front man, having suffered a total of 13 different injuries since joining Liverpool in the winter of 2013, and Nicol is concerned that things aren’t going to improve moving forward.
“I’m absolutely gutted that he’s gone and got himself injured again,” he told ESPN FC.
“But, at the same time, I don't think anybody should be surprised. Other than last season, Sturridge’s career, whether at Manchester City, Chelsea or Liverpool, has always been blighted by injuries.
“He’s missed so many games, it’s absolutely incredible. He’s played four games this season for club and country.
“Most professionals will pick up little nicks and knocks and battle through, but this guy when he gets injured is out for months at a time.
“Liverpool are just going to have to find a saviour from somewhere else at the moment.”
With fellow strikers Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli also enduring slow starts to their Anfield careers, it has been suggested that manager Brendan Rodgers could attempt to bring summer signing Divock Origi over from Lille before his scheduled June arrival.
The 19-year-old Belgian international has suggested himself that a January switch isn’t out of the question, but Nicol believes the Reds would have to pull out all the stops to convince the French club to break the current agreement.
“The only way they can get Origi is if they grease the wheels with some more money and pray that’s enough,” he said. “Because if they don’t then it’s impossible to look at this current Liverpool side and pick out who’s going to get them out of trouble.”