Liverpool’s situation with their forwards has not been ideal this season. Balotelli cannot find the back of the net despite that being his job, Rickie Lambert has disappeared into the footballing wilderness and Daniel Sturridge has struggled to maintain fitness. His current injury will see him sidelined until September this year, a month into the next Premier League season. So should Liverpool be worried?
His current ailment – a hip injury – required Sturridge to undergo surgery in New York. This injury seems to be his most serious to date – but this is one of many. Sturridge missed out on games from September to January after picking up a thigh injury. In order to recover, he flew out to America for rehabilitation.
Sturridge did pick up injuries last season, but none that have kept him out for this long. This is putting huge pressure on Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers. With Luis Suarez gone, Sturridge is their next best forward. With him gone, it’s a bit of a shambles. This leaves Rodgers with an uphill battle in order to secure an efficient forward in the summer.
Daniel Sturridge has scored just four times this season, along with one assist. Compare that to his numbers for last season – 21 goals and 7 assists and it is easy to see why there is cause for concern. Add that to the fact they are missing out on around 30 goals without Suarez, it’s no wonder Liverpool have dropped down the table this year.
Liverpool should be worried about the fitness of Daniel Sturridge. The player needs to be fully prepared when he does eventually make his return to football, but at just 25, these types of injuries raise alarm.
Rodgers must be smart about who he brings to Anfield this summer. He needs back up going forward, because who knows how things are going to turn out with Mario Balotelli. When Sturridge is fit, he is vital for Liverpool. When he is not, he is hard to replace, so a return to form for Sturridge next year is what everyone at Liverpool will be hoping for.