Liverpool FC’s disappointing start to the season took a further blow as Daniel Sturridge was ruled out for six weeks after sustaining another injury, this time while training
The 25-year-old striker’s scheduled return this weekend against Crystal Palace was what fans were hoping as the turning point for the season. The Reds have been lacklustre this season and much of their problems are due to the lack of goals at the moment. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect. After the two week respite for Liverpool (due to the international break), Sturridge’s return was going to spark things. Liverpool could revert to the 4-4-2 favored formation, could use the returning Englishman alongside Mario Balotelli and Raheem Sterling could return to his favored #10 role.
But the striker pulled up during a training session at Melwood on Tuesday and has suffered a grade two thigh strain. It’s a new injury and different to the one he originally suffered while on duty with England in early September.
With the last 10 weeks out on the sidelines, his comeback has been delayed as he will be out of action till the new year. He is going to miss out the two Champions League games Liverpool have remaining in their group so far- against FC Basel and Ludogorets; the League Cup Quarter Final against Bournemouth, and approximately 8 Premier League games, which include the ones against Manchester United and Arsenal.
This is the 13th injury Sturridge has suffered in 22 months at Anfield.
Liverpool are desperate for goals. Between the three available strikers, there are no goals in the Premier League, and two in all competitions, both being Mario Balotelli’s.
It now seems that Brendan Rodgers will try to recall Divock Origi from loan as he is desperate to add firepower in the attack. James Pearce of Liverpool ECHO writes: Liverpool will attempt to bring forward Divock Origi’s move to Anfield in the wake of Daniel Sturridge’s latest injury setback. However, the Reds retain hope that Lille will consider allowing Origi to join them in January and they are willing to pay whatever it takes to make that happen. It could cost Liverpool around an extra £3million.
Liverpool agreed to the one year loan with Lille as the French club were adamant that is the only way they were selling the player and it was essential in beating the competition for the young Belgian starlet’s services. However, Lille are struggling themselves and find themselves in the 14th position in the table, and could be soon knocked out of the Europa League as well.
If these comments are to be believed, the Reds will persuade the French club and bring in the player in January at all costs. In current circumstances, it looks like the ideal way to go. The one year loan spell could have been essential in the development of the raw talent, but Brendan Rodgers’s side is desperate and getting Origi, who has done well this season, might turn out to be a smart move. It would also save the Merseysiders the expense of paying a lot for another striker. £3 million, as suggested, seems like a decent sum to recall the player.