Daniel Sturridge has returned to training with West Bromwich Albion physios following his month out with a hamstring injury that he suffered during West Brom’s 3-0 defeat to Chelsea. He left the game after just three minutes with a hamstring problem.
Sturridge is finally back practicing and even though he will probably not take part against Burnley this weekend, he might see some more soccer before the end of the season it seems… barring another injury.
Hard to tell if it is just bad luck or if it is simply a player not taking care of himself but having seen his great potential, it is just a shame to watch his career spiral down with every injury. It also looks like he will never fit into Klopp’s system with his work rate well below expectations week in and week out but if healthy, he can thrive in possibly a different league with Spanish, Turkish, Italian teams reportedly showing interest. When healthy, there is no arguing his quality on the ball, his finishing ability and just that unique trait of a striker who knows where to be at the right time.
As far as Liverpool is concerned, I don’t think there is a debate in terms of what the club has to do which is sell him to the highest bidder…or does Klopp think there is still a chance? Are Liverpool fans willing to spend another season of watching Sturridge take his weekly spot in the injury report? If (or more when) Sturridge leaves, which league gives him the best chance to succeed? Who will roll the dice with a player who spends more time in rehab than he does on the field?
Even though I would love to see him healthy in a Liverpool uniform, realistically it does not look like it will ever happen. The Premier League is perhaps the most physically demanding league and it is definitely too demanding for Daniel. Perhaps we will see that dance here in the MLS , rejuvenating his career in a league which will be much easier for him from the practices to game schedules. At 28 years old, I still think he signs a deal in the Premier League with a mid level team and sadly continues his days in the injury report. His family ties will prevent him from crossing the ocean or even going to another league at the end. Main reason for his desire to go somewhere was being able to go to the World Cup.
Unless we see an incredible return to form over the last weeks of the season, save a seat next to you for Daniel when it comes to watching the World Cup.