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Daniel Sturridge doesn't blame Roy Hodgson for injuries

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Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge states that he does not blame Roy Hodgson for the injuries he has suffered this season.

The 25-year-old was side-lined for the majority of this campaign after picking up a thigh injury on England duty last September.

He missed almost five months of the season, including his side's disappointing Champions League effort in 2014.

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Reds boss Brendan Rodgers blamed England manager Hodgson for Sturridge's injury, claiming the former Chelsea man should not have trained after playing 89 minutes against Norway two days earlier.

With Sturridge set to be recalled by Hodgson for England's fixtures against Italy and Lithuania, the forward is holding no grudges with his international boss and is looking forward to rejoining his Three Lions team-mates.

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“Regardless of what happened in the past, I love playing for England,” Sturridge said, reported by the Liverpool Echo.

“That situation occurred and it’s in the past. I don’t want to dwell on it. People pick injuries up and they are unfortunate. It just so happened I got injured that day. It’s life. People get injured sometimes. It is what it is.

“My relationship with the England manager is top class. No worries at all. We speak via text. We speak to each other. We keep in touch. Throughout my injury, he kept in touch.

“I would never blame him for this. Never. Or any of the staff - it was just an unfortunate incident. I have got so much respect and admiration for him and his set-up. The relationship is very, very good.

“For me, yes, two days’ recovery works best but I am not every player. Every player’s different. Some like to train on the second day. Some don’t. I am used to having second-day recoveries now and when you get used to doing something, you do it. I have had periods with other clubs when I have not had second-day recovery times. So it doesn’t make a huge difference.

“Whatever environment you are in, you go with it. I don’t point fingers at anybody. Whatever the boss wants me to do with England, I’ll do it because he’s the boss. Football is about being a team player and whatever the boys are doing, you have got to go with that. I don’t blame anybody.”

Missed By Liverpool

Of course, Hodgson's intentions were in Sturridge's best interests however his injury has had negative effects on Liverpool's season.

Sturridge netted 21 Premier League goals last season when playing in the shadow of Luis Suarez and with the Uruguayan leaving for Barcelona, it left the Merseyside club with little option up-front.

Mario Balotelli was signed for £16 million from AC Milan last August but failed to perform for his new side. The Italian scored just twice when Sturridge was in the treatment room with neither of those strikes coming in the Premier League.

Not just lack of goals, but Balotelli's overall displays were poor and his minimum movement had a negative effect on the Reds' performances.

Back To Save Day

It may be five months too late, but Sturridge has helped revive Liverpool's season.

The Merseyside outfit have been in top-form since the turn of the New Year and have romped to fifth in the top-flight.

The Reds have a number of vital games approaching and meet Manchester United on March 22 and a win could see Rodgers' men go into fourth.

Sturridge is one of the world's most feared strikers and his presence alone drastically improves Liverpool. His pace and ball skills menace defenders and his excellent rapport with Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho proves a constant danger.

His strikes against West Ham United in the league and Crystal Palace in the FA Cup have been vital to secure victories for his side and he will be aiming to finish the term with as many goals to his name as possible.

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