London - Daniel Sturridge could miss the rest of the Premier League season
due to injury, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said on Monday.
25, has been plagued by a variety of fitness problems this season and
the England striker has missed Liverpool's last three matches with a hip
problem that is set to see him left out of the Reds' squad for their
Premier League match away to Hull on Tuesday.
"We'll see if he's going to be back this season or pre-season," Rodgers told a news conference on Monday.
has been difficult for Daniel," Rodgers said. "He's a good lad who
wants to play and be working and helping the team. It's just been one of
those seasons for him where it has been very unfortunate.
"We are going to have to monitor that day by day and see where he's at," the Northern Irishman added.
he's been fit he's been brilliant for the team. We need to get to get
him back fit for and consistently playing. But we will see if that's
going to be this season or the pre-season."
Sturridge was sidelined for five months earlier this season with thigh and calf injuries.
all a far cry from last term when the former Chelsea forward's 24 goals
took Liverpool to within sight of their first English title since 1990
only for them to fall agonisingly short as they finished runners-up to
This season, Liverpool's remaining strikers have
failed to fill the goal gap left by Sturridge's repeated absence and the
departure of star forward Luis Suarez to Spanish giants Barcelona.
Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini have all been found wanting,
with Rodgers set to enter the transfer market after the end of this
season in a bid to bolster his attack.
have already got a top-class striker in young Daniel, who is an
outstanding player if we have him fit. But he also needs help as well,"
"If you look at the numbers in terms of where we are at, after 33 (Premier League) games we have 47 goals.
"At the same point last year, after 33, we had 90. You are nearly talking about a 100 percent deficit in terms of goals.
that is something that is clear. Defensively we have been strong,
despite what people want to write or say. Those areas have been
addressed but obviously the critical area, which was the case when I
came here, is about goalscoring. That is something we need to improve."
were held to a goalless league draw away to West Browmich Albion on
Saturday but they had reason to thank Everton after their Merseyside
neighbours beat fourth-placed Manchester United 3-0 at Goodison Park.
side, currently fifth in the Premier League table, still have a chance
of finishing in the top four and qualifying for next season's Champions
League as they are seven points behind United with a game in hand.
will be a tough game away at Hull, they had a good result (winning 2-0
away to Crystal Palace) at the weekend," said Rodgers.
"But for us
the idea is to go in and see if we can get the victory and keep putting
as much pressure as we possibly can on the teams above.
only focus on ourselves but we saw last year lots of changes can take
place in the last five games or so. We just have to be prepared to give
everything to finish as high as we can."