Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT that it was important the club tried to get to the bottom of Daniel Sturridge’s fitness problems.
Rodgers has confirmed that he doesn’t expect Sturridge to feature for the Reds until pre-season, stressing the importance of what the England centre forward represents for the football club.
“We hope we’ve got to the bottom of it. This is an injury that has been looked at and the medics have said it’s maybe been the cause of a lot of his problems,” said Rodgers.
“It was important these guys find what might be the problem. Once he’s back on fire there are not many players who are better than Daniel Sturridge.”
The BBC reported at the start of the month that the forward had surgery on a hip problem in the USA, with the club sending him to specialists to try and identify the cause of why he’s had so many injury issues over the course of the season.
Sturridge was superb last season in partnership with the club’s former striker Luis Suarez but struggled this year ever since he picked up a serious problem while away with the England national side during an international break.
At times he flirted with coming back into the first team ranks, but he’s got a long term and recurring problem, which the surgery has hopefully sorted out.
Whether Sturridge can play some sort of role in pre-season remains to be seen, but the club can’t take any risks and must adopt a careful approach until he’s ready to play competitive games for the team again.