Liverpool may have run out 3-2 winners against mega-rich Manchester City on Sunday, but Daniel Sturridge pulling up injured midway through the second half will be seen as a major blow for Brendan Rodgers as the Reds go in search of their first league title in 24-years.
With four matches remaining, the Merseyside outfit are in pole-position to claim the title, sitting two points ahead of second placed Chelsea. Liverpool have a trip to Norwich City to navigate before Sturridge’s former side visit Anfield on April 27th, and though the Blues face a tricky midweek Champions League tie before making the trip up north, if the 24-year old is ruled out through injury, it could very well be a major hinderance to Jose Mourinho’s free-scoring adversaries.
“We’ll see how he is over the next couple of days,” said Brendan Rodgers following the match. “He felt a wee bit of tightness in his hamstring, so we’ll just see how that is in the next couple of days.” The striker, who is second in the Premier League scoring race with 20-goals to his name, was forced off in the 66th minute of Sunday’s match with the result hanging in the balance.
The Reds raced to a 2-0 lead early in the first half through Raheem Sterling and Martin Skrtel, but the Blues restored parity in the second when David Silva and a Glen Johnson own goal evened it back up. The introduction of midfielder Joe Allen helped swing the balance of power back in the hosts favour before Philippe Coutinho potted the winner following City captain Vincent Kompany’s sliced clearance.
Although Liverpool were able to navigate the remainder of the match without Sturridge up top, both Brendan Rodgers — and Reds fans everywhere — would be loathe to see him ruled out for an extended period of time. At this point, we need all hands on deck; and his are two of the most important…