Brendan Rodgers is feeling confident that injury-prone striker Daniel Sturridge’s troubled times are soon to be a thing of the past following an operation on his hip.
The 25-year-old has experienced a very difficult season – especially considering the success of last year – and has already spent over six months in total on the sidelines. His latest setback came during April’s FA Cup tie against Blackburn, and persuaded the England international to head to America, in a bid to put his problems behind him once and for all.
According to the club’s official website, Rodgers confirmed that his latest op has gone well, and, while he will now miss out on preparation for the new season, he will come back to be the striker that scored 21 Premier League goals in the last campaign.
“His operation went well. It’s obviously going to be after pre-season when we get him back but hopefully we can get him back and firing like he was last year,” he said.
The concern is that the forward may experience a recurrence of the issue, and have to spend more time out of first-team reckoning. However, Rodgers suggested that the cause of these problems has been discovered, and now rectified.
“We hope we’ve got to the bottom of it. This is an injury that has been looked at and the medics have said it’s maybe been the cause,” he added.
Along with Luis Suarez, there is not one player who we have missed more this season than the former Chelsea man. Their goals have not been replaced, and thus, we have been unable to mount anything like the title challenge we put together last year. Rodgers thinks that a fit Sturridge could become one of the most daunting opponents, if he manages a solid spell in the side.
“Once he’s back on fire there are not many players who are better than Sturridge. He’s super-fast, has a great touch and balance and he’s strong,” he explained.
“He’s got everything to be a world-class player. As you know, though, the world-class players play every single week, contributing, that’s the make-up. It’s not just about talent or ability, it’s consistency,” Rodgers said.
Having a player of his ability available next season will be like having a new signing in the squad. We’ve got an abundance of creative players already that are just waiting for someone to finish the chances they set up. The final killer instinct in front of goal is what we have lacked, but Sturridge proved last year, that he can bring that to the table.