Striker must make adjustments to help himself stay fit…
Our manager Brendan Rodgers reckons Daniel Sturridge needs to find his own way of maintaining fitness and getting himself performing to his outstanding capability on a football field…
Sturridge notched 24 goals in all competitions in 2013/14, and seemed to have finally reached his potential, establishing a reputation as one of the most deadly forwards in the country.
Without his partner Luis Suarez, and with a campaign decimating injury, it’s not been so easy this time around though, and the striker’s managed five goals in 17 intermittent appearances in total.
“Everybody is different when they get injured and how they deal with it. A player will never be 100 per cent fit – more or less – when he plays. They’re always carrying something,” Rodgers began, reported in the Mirror.
“If it hinders performance, then you can only trust the player that he cannot give any more or they can’t operate at the level they want to because of injury.
“With Daniel, there’s been a number of injuries that he’s had – and that’s before he came here. He had a fairly sustained run last season and served us well, but this season has been difficult.
“He just needs to find a way to physically and mentally try to keep himself as fit as he can, but sometimes that isn’t all down to you – sometimes it’s about luck as well.”
The forward has not looked sharp in recent weeks, and his touch has been visibly off, as has his uninspiring finishing. He’s still the best forward we have at the club though, and if we’re to have any chance of finishing in top four (we’ll go four points behind Man. City if we win tonight) then we’ll need him back firing on all cylinders.
Let’s just hope he can maintain his fitness levels and not pick up another injury, as even if full fitness has come too late this term, a full summer of preparation should stand him in good stead to hit 2015/16 running.