Daniel Sturridge has promised Liverpool fans that he will be "back before you know it" following the news that he will miss the festive period with a hamstring injury.
News of the injury started to filter through yesterday evening with several reliable sources confirming it in this morning's newspapers. The initial assessment indicates he will miss six weeks, but Liverpool fans have been treating it as if the sky has fallen.
Indeed, the reaction from fans on Twitter has been extraordinary. Many believe the time has come for Jurgen Klopp to sell the 26-year-old striker, specifically because he has consistently struggled with various injuries over the last 18 months.
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But Sturridge remains defiant, posting a cryptic message on Instagram along with the comment: "I'll never lose faith in God or belief in myself. Always light at the end of the tunnel. Have a good day people. I'll be back before you know it..."
The message appears to be in response to those very fans who believe he is no longer of use to the Anfield outfit. But they may have a point.
This is the ninth injury the England international has suffered since February 2013, the worst of which was a thigh and calf problem, which saw him miss 32 Liverpool games between September 2014 and January 2015.
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Brendan Rodgers clearly believed he could no longer rely on Sturridge, spending over £60million on Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke in the summer, and Klopp has barely had a chance to assess whether he is the kind of player he wants to keep.
"I said to Sturridge after the game 'now I know what everybody is talking about so thank you'," - Jurgen Klopp
However, in the three games that Sturridge did play in between his latest injuries, he thoroughly impressed, scoring two goals against Southampton in a League Cup quarter-final. Klopp himself admitted he finally understood the hype around him after the 6-1 victory.
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