While Liverpool get ready to travel to the Britannia Stadium this weekend in their Premier League opener, Reds striker Daniel Sturridge gave a cryptic injury update on social media as the 25-year old continues his recovery from hip surgery in the United States.
The caption “Closer…” accompanied a video he posted on Instagram that shows him run and dribbling a football before shooting at the net and then easily heading home a cross from one of his trainers. After missing almost the entirety of the previous campaign with a dizzying array of muscle injuries before going under the knife at the beginning of the May, it’s been a frustrating year for both the strikers and Liverpool supporters around the world as the Anfield outfit struggled in front of the net throughout last season.
There are whispers that Sturridge, who is expected to return to training at Melwood within the next couple of weeks, could be back in action sooner than anticipated with the Reds meeting with Manchester United in mid-September being tossed around as a realistic target. Following his surgery, the 25-year old was expected to be on the shelf until the start of October, but with specialists working closely by his side and in frequent contact with the Liverpool medical staff, rumour has it that he’ll be back on the pitch that much sooner. To be fair though, this is a familiar story that often has a disappointing ending.
With Reds boss Brendan Rodgers hinting at the end of last season that Sturridge may no longer be first choice at Anfield, the Northern Irishman has done his best to bring in not only competition, but cover for the perpetually injured Englishman. Christian Benteke and Danny Ings have arrived on Merseyside in what has been a busy summer in the transfer market and Divock Origi, signed from and loaned back to Lille last season, has returned to stake a claim for a spot in the team. Whether he comes back early or not, he’s going face a fight to get in to the team — which is exactly how it should always be.