Soccer – Sturridge doubt puts focus on new striker


Brendan Rodgers has said his summer priority is to sign a “top-class striker” after revealing Daniel Sturridge may not play again for Liverpool this season.

The 25-year-old has not played since the FA Cup quarter-final win against Blackburn Rovers at the start of April because of hip and thigh injuries and Rodgers, speaking ahead of his side’s trip to take on Hull City in the Premier League on Tuesday, made clear his ambitions once the season ends.
“It’s certainly an area we need to address come the summer. We have a top-class striker here in Daniel but he also needs help,” the Anfield boss told reporters in his pre-match briefing.
England international Sturridge has played just 18 games for Liverpool this season, scoring five times, and was out for more than five months from September because of a thigh injury.
He was also forced to miss England’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania in March because of a hip problem.
“It’s been difficult, Daniel is a good lad who wants to play and work and help the team but it’s been one of those seasons for him,” Rodgers added.
“He’s been very unfortunate and we’ll have to monitor day-by-day and see where he’s at.
“When he’s been fit, he’s been brilliant, it’s just getting him back on a consistent basis. Whether that’s this season, or pre-season, has to be seen.”
Relegation-threatened Hull City are currently priced 10/3 by Bet365 in the match betting and the draw outcome is quoted 13/5. Liverpool are available to back at 19/20.