Could Daniel Sturridge's latest injury be a blessing in disguise for Liverpool?

Daniel Sturridge celebrates with team mates after scoring the second goal for Liverpool

A calf problem ahead of the European Championships is a blow for the forward personally, but reminds his club of what they need to think about for both the player and the team.

Daniel Sturridge scores the first goal for LiverpoolDaniel Sturridge scores for Liverpool

The back pages and sport sections, including the Daily Mirror's, on Thursday morning were awash with stories that Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge had suffered another injury setback meaning that he had to miss training for England ahead of their friendly with Australia.

It's a calf injury, though the extent of it has not been fully disclosed. It could be anything from an ache to a tear - and scan results should confirm that in the very near future. 

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge warms upLiverpool's Daniel Sturridge warms up

Sturridge's injury woes have been well documented - by spending the majority of last season on the sidelines because of a series of muscle problems; and this season he only really got a consistent run of games in the side for the Reds from February onwards - while Divock Origi shared some of the workload as the Reds headed towards the business end of the season. There were a few appearances in both September and December but both proved to be false dawns. 

But it could be a timely reminder for Reds boss Jurgen Klopp - if he needed it already. There's no doubt he will have known about Sturridge's problems even before taking over at Anfield in October last year, but after a decent run of games, and good form - which ultimately saw him finish as the club's top goalscorer in all competitions with 13 goals. 

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It gives Klopp that time to reassess his striking options. After Sturridge's fine form towards the end of the season, which saw him score a terrific goal in Liverpool's Europa League final defeat - the game he is said to have picked up the injury from - one thinks the German will be planning the season ahead with him in mind. The way Klopp seemed to manage him in the back end of the season was that he would start - and play 90 minutes in that game - per week, and be used from the bench in the other if needed. 

Not only will it be in his mind when it comes to bringing any potential forward into the club, but also for pre-season when triple training sessions are reportedly planned. He, of course, will want Sturridge to play as full a part as possible but the fragility the striker has shown over the years has to be taken in consideration. Then going into the season, the acknowledgement that he could either break down or miss the odd game because of a muscle complaint. 

Regardless of the seriousness of the injury, it's a timely reminded if one was needed about for Klopp about the most prolific forward at his disposal, as he plans for his first pre-season, and full season in charge. 

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