Daniel Sturridge Could Miss Liverpool Trip To Crystal Palace

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Reds boss says 20-goal striker may miss Monday’s vital match.

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is unsure whether striker Daniel Sturridge will be fit to feature in Monday night’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace.

The 24-year-old, who has scored 20 goals in 27 top-flight games this season, picked up a hamstring injury in the Reds’ 3-2 victory over Manchester City on April 13.

He missed the 3-2 win at Norwich City seven days later, before being thrown on as a second-half substitute in last weekend’s damaging 2-0 defeat to Chelsea.

Sturridge’s appearance in the loss the Chelsea seemingly hampered his recovery, but Rodgers is hopeful that the player will be able to make his 28th league appearance of the season at Selhurst Park.

“We’ll see over the next 48 hours,” BBC Sport quotes Rodgers as saying. “He’s certainly in a much better place.

“He’s worked tirelessly this week with the medical team. He re-joins the group and we’ll see how he is come Monday.”

Liverpool are currently top of the Premier League, with 80 points from 36 games.

However, they will start Monday in third place if Man City win at Everton on Saturday night and Chelsea beat Norwich on Sunday afternoon.

Victory at Palace coupled with a win over Newcastle United on the final day would definitely be enough to see the Reds finish above Chelsea.

The Anfield club’s title dreams are reliant on City dropping points, though.

Following Saturday’s trip to Goodison Park, City, who have a game in hand on Liverpool, have back-to-back homes fixtures against Aston Villa and West Ham United.

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