Has Daniel Sturridge spent more time sidelined than on the pitch?

Daniel Sturridge may be enduring the most frustrating career in football history. That might be a stretch, but the Liverpool forward can’t seem to escape an injury. He looks set to begin the 2017-18 season on the sidelines after injuring his hip in the Audi Cup match against Bayern Munich. At the time of writing, Sturridge has been with Liverpool for 1673 days and has been injured for 500 days. Let’s take a look at how he has spent his time at Anfield.

  • February 2013: A month after signing for Liverpool he spent eight days recovering from a groin injury. Despite this Sturridge became the first Liverpool player in 39 years to score in his first three matches.
  • November 2013: Midway during his best season in his career, (netting 21 goals in 29 PL appearances) Sturridge missed six weeks with an ankle injury. Steven Gerrard questioned his mentality in his 2015 auto-biography My Story
  • September 2014: Sturridge suffered a thigh injury on international duty and was out for 2-3 weeks. Liverpool boss at the time Brendan Rodgers allegedly had a rift with England manager Roy Hodgson saying the injury could’ve been prevented.
  • October 2014: One month later the forward injured his calf during a training session with Liverpool.
  • November 2014: Sturridge re-injured his thigh in training and was forced to miss six weeks of action.
  • March 2015: Sturridge scored in a 2-1 loss to Manchester United and also suffered a hip injury (the first injury during a match) which required surgery and took six months to recover, missing the first five matches of the 2015-16 season.
  • October 2015: A month after returning, he injured his knee in training and was out for four weeks missing seven matches
  • December 2015: four days after scoring a double in Liverpool’s 6-1 win over Southampton in the League Cup, he injured his hamstring during a match against Newcastle which forced him on the sidelines for another two months.
  • August 2016: Sturridge injured his hip for the second time in his career but only missed two weeks with injury.
  • November 2016: Sturridge injured his calf for the first time and was out for three-an-a-half weeks.
  • February 2017: The former Chelsea striker was struck down by an illness and missed two weeks.
  • March 2017: Sturridge injured his hip twice between March and April spending a month on the sidelines.
  • August 2017: Sturridge suffers another hip injury while scoring Liverpool’s third goal in their 3-0 win over Bayern Munich in a friendly. Boss Jurgen Klopp told the media he hopes it is nothing serious.

Sturridge’s best season at Liverpool was in 2013-14 when he appeared 29 times and scored 21 goals in the EPL. He fell out of favour with Klopp but still managed to make 20 appearances last season, scoring three goals with most of his appearances coming off the bench.

In the 2012-13, 2014-15, and 2015-16 seasons the 27-year-old made a combined 40 caps, scoring 22 goals which is a decent return for someone who spends a lot of time not playing.

In a team that already features Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, and Adam Lallana, a fit and firing Sturridge could be the difference between Liverpool finishing in and out of the top four, so understandably, Liverpool faithful will be hoping Jurgen Klopp’s prayers are answered, while others may be pushing for a new signing all together.

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