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Liverpool head coach Brendan Rodgers has admitted that key front man Daniel Sturridge is a big doubt for the Merseyside derby this weekend after the Englishman played the entire friendly with Germany in midweek carrying an injury, according to reports in the Guardian.
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The England international missed the first of the Three Lions’ international double header against Chile at Wembley Stadium last Friday night, with Sturridge carrying a thigh injury from the Merseyside giants’ previous Premier League encounter against Fulham at Anfield.
However, despite not being able to train with the rest of the England squad in the build-up to Tuesday night’s eagerly anticipated encounter with Germany, Sturridge was still selected to partner Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney in attack against Joachim Loew’s side.
But now the Reds boss has confirmed in his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday afternoon’s first Merseyside derby of the new campaign that by opting to turn out for his country while still carrying a niggle, Sturridge may have served to only aggravate the problem.
“He’d not played the previous game [against Chile] so I was not overly surprised he played the full 90 minutes against Germany,” Rodgers said. “It’s not ideal if you haven’t trained. When you see Daniel – and I have worked with him for a number of months, I know when he’s at his best – that’s when he has been training regularly and playing games.
“He’s been playing through with a dead leg and went to England with an injury. Sometimes managers are led by players. Sometimes they want to play 90 minutes and that’s something we’ll take into consideration. We’ll assess him. He’s back recovering and we’ll see where he is over the next few days.”