Friday 23 March 2018

Sturridge's latest injury may signal the end of Reds career

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge

Chris Bascombe

Liverpool are unsure if Daniel Sturridge will play again this season - which could mean he has played his last game for the club.

Sturridge pulled out hours before Sunday's game with Crystal Palace citing a recurrence of a hip problem. As has often been the case with the striker's catalogue of problems, the club's staff do not know if it will be days or weeks before the player considers himself fit for selection.

Liverpool have four fixtures left to secure a Champions League place and have been plagued by injuries. Manager Jürgen Klopp will give Sturridge every chance to make a contribution, but like his predecessor, Brendan Rodgers, has become familiar with the striker's issues. Sturridge's Liverpool future has been clouded in uncertainty since last year, his poor appearance record making it inevitable a summer bid for him will be considered.

Meanwhile, Liverpool midfielder Emre Can says he will be a Manchester City supporter this week after what he described as the "stupidity" of his side's loss to Palace.

Klopp's side have surrendered control of the race for the Champions League positions, a top-four finish no longer in their hands. But the Merseysiders do have the consolation of knowing their rivals must still face each other over the next month.

"Is that the better result? A City win? Then I am for City!" said Can. "One of the top teams will drop points and that is a good thing." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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