Brendan Rodgers blames England for Daniel Sturridge injury

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has blamed England for the significance of Daniel Sturridge's injury, saying that the thigh strain the striker picked up could have been prevented.

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Sturridge limped out of a training session when on international duty for his country in preparation for their European Championship qualifier against Switzerland. 

Now, the former Chelsea man is set to be sidelined for the next two weeks, missing games against Aston Villa and West Ham in the Premier League, Middlesbrough in the Capital One Cup and most crucially Liverpool's opening Champions League tie against Ludogrets Razgrad.

It has been widely speculated that Sturridge - who has been prone to becoming injured in the past - usually gets two days off after a competitive match. With England playing Norway on Wednesday, the forward should not have been training again until the Saturday, however it seems that he was rushed back into action when injured on the Friday.


Speaking to talkSPORT on the situation, Rodgers said: “The only disappointment for us was Daniel Sturridge coming back injured as he had started the season very well.

“We’re obviously disappointed because we feel it was an injury which could have been prevented. He has worked so hard over pre-season and looked very fit and strong in our last game against Tottenham.”

“I think clubs work differently at times to international teams. It’s more the recovery strategy.

“When we look at our players here we look at them individually in terms of what their needs are. Fast players would have a second day recovery while other players can work on that day. When you are that type of player like Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling and boys like Danny Welbeck you need to recover them.”

Crunch period

With Liverpool having four games coming up in the next two weeks, they need every man available - especially their top players.

Liverpool found Aston Villa a tough task at home last season when drawing 2-2 and went into the half-time break two down.

They meet the Birmingham side full of confidence and currently unbeaten so far this season, winning two games and drawing the other.

Along with that, going away to West Ham is always a tough game. They are a physical side under Sam Allardyce who use their presence to out-muscle their opposition.

Picking three points up at home to Ludogrets is also vital for Liverpool if they are to qualify from Group B. Drawn alongside Real Madrid and Basel, those fixtures could be a battle as both are top clubs who are proven in Europe

Ludogrets are no push-over either - they've completed the Bulgarian treble two times in the past three years and play some very attractive football. 

To gain confidence going into the other fixtures, Liverpool need to hit the ground running and winning their opening European tie will be key to that.

Rodgers is well prepared

However, Brendan Rodgers has been, and is, prepared for the situation.

Liverpool drafted in no less than nine new signings to Anfield this summer - they included forward-men Mario Balotelli, Lazar Markovic and Rickie Lambert.

With the amount of games the Reds may play this season, Rodgers knew he had to improve his side both with quality and depth.

For the big games, Balotelli can become the main man upfront and Markovic could come in to play out wide, or the Liverpool manager could even play 4-4-2 with Lambert becoming the Italians strike partner.

Further, for the Capital One Cup game against Middlesborough, Liverpool are more than prepared. Fabio Borini, who declined a move away from Anfield this summer will likely feature - this allows key players a rest and Borini a chance to try and impress his manager.

That also goes for Suso who returned to Merseyside after a season-long loan to Almeria and attempts to become a core member of the Liverpool squad.

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