It was probably 15 hours ago. We here at GiveMeSport noticed a lot of noise on Twitter that claimed Daniel Sturridge had suffered a hamstring injury in Liverpool training.
There was no really firm source to confirm it, just a load of Liverpool fans assuming the worst had happened. We wrote the story, but, deep down, we thought it might just be a Manchester United fan with too many followers having a laugh.
But no. It appears as though the striker has indeed injured himself again and, according to the Guardian, is set to miss the rest of 2015 with a straining hamstring. It could have been worse, of course. Initial fears were that he tore it, which would have been months on the sidelines.
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As it stands, Sturridge will miss six weeks. It's not a major injury by any stretch of the imagination, but it has sent some Liverpool fans into a state of utter despair. To be fair to them, they have seen their striker start just ten out of a possible 53 Premier League games over the last 18 months.
A succession of injury problems – a hamstring problem at this time last year was soon followed by a serious hip problem – has moved Sturridge from England's best striker to the next Abou Diaby. For some fans, it is all too much. They think he should be sold, or at the very least replaced, in the January transfer window.
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Here is some of the recent reaction on Twitter
We're not sure what planet this guy is living on...
Who is to blame?
It is the ultimate question, isn't it? Arsene Wenger was convinced Diaby's problems all came as a result of a broken ankle, which restricted his movement and led to an awkward running style. But Sturridge has never had an injury of that ilk. Most have been muscular, suggesting there is something wrong with the way his body is being maintained.
Indeed, Jurgen Klopp's sessions are notoriously intense, as per his playing style, and Sturridge may have pushed too hard too soon to win over his new boss. And why was he pushing? Well, it was Klopp who publically criticised Sturridge for not known the difference between pain and serious pain, wasn't it?
As Klopp is still on his honeymoon period at Anfield, it would be foolish to criticise him. But we can't help but think this could be the first case of mismanagement from the former Borussia Dortmund man.
What do Liverpool fans think? Give us your thoughts in the comment box below!
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