Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says star striker Daniel Sturridge may not play in any of the Reds’ remaining five matches, as the improbable race for the Premier League’s Top Four now hinges on impossible.
Sturridge has been struggling with injuries all year, and the latest has kept him out since early April and may cost him the season. He fought to beat the month-long prognosis from a late March hip injury, but hurt his thigh against Blackburn in the FA Cup on April 8.
The fifth-place Reds have five games to erase a 7-point deficit to Manchester United or either of twin 9-point deficits to Arsenal and Manchester City.
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“We’ll see if he’s going to be back this season or pre-season,” Rodgers said.
The onus remains on the rest of Liverpool’s forwards, and that should bring little relief to supporters of the Reds. Of the five players listed as forwards on the Liverpool web site, there have come a total of 10 Premier League goals.
Sturridge and Luis Suarez registered 52 PL goals last season. Liverpool as a team has 47 this season, though they are on pace to allow almost a dozen less goals compared to 2013/14.
Aside from the injuries, Sturridge hasn’t found his overall touch for the Reds this season. The 25-year-old Englishman has four goals in 12 PL matches, though three have come in his 7 starts.