Liverpool striker clashes with Brendan Rodgers over fitness concerns
Daniel Sturridge claimed a late equaliser at Goodison Park on Saturday to ensure it was honours even in the Merseyside derby, although many supporters wondered why the striker didn’t start alongside Luis Suarez for the clash against Everton.
November 26th, 2013
Sturridge was left on the bench for the derby after manager Brendan Rodgers claimed that player was ‘not right’ on his return to the club following international duty with England, with the latter clearly feeling that a full ninety minutes against Germany on Tuesday was the wrong idea.
However, it appears that Sturridge has few regrets about putting country before club despite carrying a thigh injury last week which ruled him out of the friendly match against Chile.
“For me, regardless of what condition you are in, if you are selected by the England manager you go out there and do the best you can regardless of whether you are carrying an injury or not,” he said. “The manager gave me an opportunity and it’s always a pleasure to put the England shirt on. Regardless of what condition you’re in, fit or not fit, if you are selected for England you go out there and do your best.”
“I have been hampered for the past three games,” he said. “Since West Brom [on 26 October], when I got a bang, I’ve had blood underneath my muscles in my thigh. It’s still there now. When I shoot from long distance I still feel pain but it’s getting better.
“It’s important that I’m training but I didn’t get to train much when I was away with England. I only trained once before the game. I need to get the momentum going and just try to get it right and make sure I’m in the right condition to be able to go out there and do myself justice. I hope I’ll be fit enough to start against Hull next weekend. It would be great to be back in the side.”
Rodgers might not yet be in a forgiving mood. Even though Sturridge scored that late equaliser, Liverpool might have been over the line earlier in the match had the SAS partnership been lining up from the start.