Pair are both on the road to recovery…
Brendan Rodgers thinks he’ll soon be able to call upon two of his England internationals, Daniel Sturridge and Jon Flanagan, reports the official website.
The former last turned out in August, and 22-year-old Flanagan hasn’t played a single minute of football this season due to his own injury problems.
“It has obviously been very difficult for us, because he is a top-class player and he has been out since August,” the manager said on Sturridge.
“But he is working very hard on his rehab and we’re hoping that somewhere near the end of this month he should be back. He is back here in the final stages of that and doing very well.”
Similarly, Rodgers hopes that Flanagan isn’t too far from a return too…
“It has been difficult for Jon, because he was brilliant for us last year. He was absolutely superb. It is just unfortunate he has picked up this injury,” he said.
“He has been out for a little while. But we’re hoping that in time, in the near future, he’s going to be back fit and playing because he’s a very important young player for us.”
Liverpool have badly missed 25-year-old Sturridge this season especially. The striker notched 24 goals in all competitions last term, and his explosive partnership with Luis Suarez led us to within inches of a maiden Premier League title.
With Suarez sold and Sturridge injured however, we’ve been without the two top scorers in the 2013/14 Premier League season – and the likes of Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini have so far failed to reach the required heights…
Flanagan enjoyed a breakthrough season last time out, earning an England debut in the summer after making 23 impressive top flight appearances.
He can play at either right-back or left-back, and due to his attributes, he should be able to fit seamlessly into out current wing-back formation, too.
If both Sturridge and Flanagan return before the end of the month, it will almost feel like two January signings, as they’ve been out for so long.
Let’s hope they can hit the ground running and find some of the form they found last season.