Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers agrees to deeper look into Daniel Sturridge injury issue

Daniel Sturridge

The 25-year-old striker has endured a troubled season on the injury front and his manager has agreed to a US trip for intense analysis on a hip problem.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has had to cope without his star striker for all but 18 games of a disappointing season, in which Sturridge has scored just five goals and made a number of appearances from the bench. Sturridge will now miss the remaining four games of the campaign as the club seeks an answer on a string of potentially-related injuries.

After a dazzling 2013/14 campaign in which Sturridge hit 24 goals in an explosive partnership with Luis Suarez, it was expected that the ex-Manchester City and Chelsea striker would offer the main goal threat in 2014/15 following the controversial transfer of Suarez to Barcelona.

But a list of injuries have hampered Sturridge's campaign and Rodgers has often played without a recognised striker. Consequently, Liverpool have failed to build on their second-placed standing from last season and look like failing to repeat a finish in the Champions League places, sitting in fifth position in the Premier League, seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester United.

Sturridge missed five months of this season - between September and January - with thigh and calf problems, during which he spent a month in the US receiving treatment. His last appearance was the 1-0 FA Cup win at Blackburn in early April, but he has since broken down with a hip problem, which the club feel may be related to his earlier injuries.

It has now been decided that the England striker will make a repeat visit to see Dr Peter Asnis, an orthopaedic surgeon attached to the Boston Red Sox, the baseball team run by Liverpool's owners the Fenway Sports Group.

With a view to getting the striker right for pre-season training in the summer, the Liverpool boss told Sky Sports:  "I think we have found some underlying issues that maybe relate to Daniel's issues and problems this season and the ongoing problems he's had.The medical team here, liaising with some of the medics in America, are doing everything we possibly can to give Daniel every opportunity to stay consistently fit and available.”

Elaborating on Liverpool's duty of care to the striker and his importance in the long term, Rodgers added: "It is just unfortunate for him. If you look at his career he's had little issues along the way but when we brought him here we knew we wanted to give him every chance to be one of the top goalscorers in Europe.

"We have to do everything we can to get him on the training field and into the game, hence the reason for looking into the issue."

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