Liverpool facing new season striker shortage after Sturridge injury

Daniel Sturridge could miss the start of next season after suffering an ankle injury while playing for England against the Republic of Ireland, the Daily Mail has reported – which would mean Liverpool could begin the new Premier League campaign without an established striker due to the on-going uncertainty around the future of Luis Suarez.

Suarez will be banned for the opening six matches of the season even if he does remain at Anfield after receiving a 10-game suspension for biting Branislav Ivanovic, but the Uruguay international has said he wants to leave English football, although Liverpool are holding firm and insisting Suarez is not for sale.

The Mail claims Suarez has a clause in his contract that will allow him to leave for £40m but the Reds will still ask any interested clubs to part with £50m to buy the former Ajax forward. Real Madrid are considered favourites to land Suarez although their city rivals Atletico could be in the market too, having just sold Radamel Falcao to Monaco.

Sturridge moved to Liverpool from Chelsea in January and made a strong start at his new club but had to be stretchered off at Wembley last week after injuring his ankle. Sturridge should be joined on Merseyside by Iago Aspas this week, with the Celta Vigo forward due to complete his switch to Liverpool.

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