Liverpool boss Rodgers criticises England for Sturridge injury

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is unhappy with how England handled the fitness of Daniel Sturridge after the forward returned from international duty with a thigh strain, according to an interview given to talkSport.

Sturridge played in the friendly win over Norway but was ruled out of the Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland and is expected to need at least two weeks to recover. That would mean Sturridge misses games against Aston Villa, West Ham and Everton, as we as the Reds’ first Champions League fixture, against Ludogorets.

“The only disappointment for us was Daniel Sturridge coming back injured as he had started the season very well,” Rodgers said. “We’re obviously disappointed because we feel it was an injury which could have been prevented.

“He has worked so hard over pre-season and looked very fit and strong in our last game against Tottenham,” he continued. “I think clubs work differently at times to international teams. It’s more the recovery strategy.

“When we look at our players here we look at them individually in terms of what their needs are. Fast players would have a second day recovery while other players can work on that day,” Rodgers went on. “When you are that type of player like Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling and boys like Danny Welbeck you need to recover them.”

Sturridge scored 21 goals in 29 league games last season as Liverpool ended the year as runners-up to Manchester City, and has a total of 36 goals in 52 games since a January 2012 move to Anfield from Chelsea.

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