10 Sept 2015

Massive News: 'Wonderful' £18m Liverpool star could make shock return at Man-Utd if his 'fitness' holds up

The season is only four games old, but injury is already blighting Liverpool's season, and with the vital Premier clash with Manchester United only two days away, it looks increasingly like club captain Jordan Henderson will miss out again. Hendo didn't take part in training today, but the good news is that 'wonderful' striker Daniel Sturridge is well and truly on the comeback trail.

According to Sky Sports today:

"Daniel Sturridge has returned to first-team training with Liverpool".

"Brendan Rodgers will check the player's fitness ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to Manchester United".

Sturridge's return to training is a massive boost for the club, but there's also a tantalising suggestion that he's in contention for this weekend's game. Obviously, with Coutinho already missing, having Sturridge in the team will instantly make Liverpool a more viable attacking force.

However, given Sturridge's atrocious injury history, though, it's inadvisable to throw him in at the deep end after only a couple of days training, and it'll be a real surprise if he features in the game.

In my view, Liverpool should continue to proceed as if Sturridge doesn't exit. That may sound harsh, but he's proven to be totally unreliable, and the team needs to learn to consistently win without him.

Even when £18m-rated Sturridge is fully-fit (if such a thing exists), he should be eased back into the team slowly with a series of substitute appearances, which will allow him to incrementally build up match fitness.

They key question is this: will Sturridge be able to recapture his best form?

After so many injuries, Sturridge is bound to be worried about recurrences, and that may restrict him on the field somewhat. It's just human nature to be overly cautious after lots of injuries, and this may lead to reduced effectiveness.

One thing's for sure: when Sturridge finally returns, Liverpool fans will have their hearts in their mouths every time he makes any kind of contact with an opposition player.

It doesn't take much for Sturridge to get injured, and if there's a guarantee of anything with the striker, it's that he'll get injured yet again at some point this season.

It's a real shame, because if Sturridge had the physical robustness of Luis Suarez, he'd be one of the best strikers in Europe, if not the world.

Author: Jaimie K


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