Daniel Sturridge discusses his injury and coping with Steven Gerrard’s departure…
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has admitted that he’s still struggling to deal with Steven Gerrard agreeing to leave the club at the end of his contract, which expires in the summer as the long-serving Reds skipper will join LA Galaxy.
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Sturridge, who was quoted by Sky Sports, said: “I’m devastated he’s leaving. I think he’ll be at the club in some capacity very soon and I’m sure he’ll manage the club one day.
“Words can’t describe what he’s done for Liverpool as well as his country. He’s still a role model of mine. I look up to him, I think everyone in the squad does. He’ll be sorely missed – he’s somebody who’s given me a lot of experience and helped me to improve as a person and a footballer.”
The England international has been sidelined through injury since late August, but is excited to be back in the near future. He added: “I’ve been champing at the bit.
“I’m ready now – it’s been a long time coming, but I am happy with how everything has gone and I am looking forward to it. I won’t hold back from anything.
“I don’t like watching too much but I had to. I watched every single match when I was in the States – I was getting up early doors in the morning, so sometimes it’d be 4am depending on where I was and what time the game was.
“I’d get up early and it was important for me to see how we played, the formations and the style of the new players. But it was hugely important (to go out there) and I am thankful to the guys over there who helped me out.”
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