Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says Daniel Sturridge’s injuries will stop him being a top European striker

After Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge suffered a setback in his return from injury, manager Brendan Rodgers says he won’t be a top European striker unless he can stay fit, reports ESPN.

“He won’t become a top European striker until he plays consistently. It doesn’t matter about potential. You have to play. When Daniel comes back into the team, you will see the confidence because of the movement and the dynamic. But he isn’t fit and he hasn’t been for a long time. We just have to work without him,” said Rodgers.

Daniel Sturridge has missed 10 games for Liverpool in all competitions through injury this season, and last campaign he missed eight league games due to an ankle injury. In 2012/13 for former Chelsea, Sturridge suffered from a hamstring and groin injury that saw him miss games, but his time at Liverpool has seen his stock rise to lofty heights.

In Liverpool’s near title-winning season, the 25-year-old scored 22 goals in 29 games, which led to him spearheading England’s attack in this summer’s World Cup. But him being missing for the majority of this campaign is another setback for him.

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