Liverpool believe Daniel Sturridge’s hip injury, which was expected to keep him out for a month, is not as bad as first feared and that he could start against Arsenal this weekend.
The Reds striker suffered a flexor muscle tear during Liverpool’s 2-1 loss to Manchester United at Anfield which seriously dented their Champions Leage hopes.
And despite the injury preventing him from playing for England against Lithuania and Italy during the international break, Liverpool will try and persuade Sturridge to play through the pain barrier, according to the Daily Express, when they travel to the Emirates this weekend for a match that has the potential to put the final nail in the coffin of their top-four challenge.
Brendan Rodgers will already be without Steven Gerrard and Martin Skrtel who will start their respective three-match bans against the Gunners.
And there’s also fitness doubts over Adam Lallana, say the Express, but add that Lucas Leiva could be set to return to the side after seven weeks out after the Brazilian enjoyed 72 minutes during Steven Gerrard’s charity match at Anfield this weekend.
Meanwhile the Express claim that Raheem Sterling should be able to make the trip to north London with Liverpool’s doctor providing a crucial injection to the winger to a long-standing toe problem immediately following England’s win over Lithuania on Friday.