Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Sturridge injury worries Rodgers

02 December 2013, 18:04

Kingston Upon Hull - Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers fears Liverpool will struggle to replace the firepower of injured striker Daniel Sturridge after seeing his side beaten 3-1 by Hull City at the KC Stadium.

England international Sturridge has been ruled out for up to eight weeks after suffering ligament damage to his left ankle in training last week and didn't play at Hull.

He is Liverpool's top scorer this season, with 11 goals, and the highest scorer in the Premier League in 2013, with 19 goals to his name.

Rodgers also revealed Brazilian Philippe Coutinho is suffering with an ankle strain and had injections to ensure he was fit enough to be named as a substitute against Hull.

"The quality of our squad, with all due respect, isn't big enough to cope with missing two big players," Rodgers insisted.

"Daniel's out for what could be eight weeks, which is a big blow for us.

"Philippe didn't train all week. He's had an ankle strain and has had to have injections just to get on the bench.

"They're two very good players that have been very efficient for us this season."

Jake Livermore, the midfielder on loan from Tottenham Hotspur, gave Hull the lead in the 20th minute with a deflected drive from 20 yards before Steven Gerrard equalised with a free-kick seven minutes later.

David Meyler put Hull 2-1 ahead midway through the second half before Martin Skrtel headed Tom Huddlestone's chipped shot into his own net with three minutes left to seal the home side's victory.

The defeat left Liverpool seven points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal.

Rodgers challenged the rest of his forwards to fill the void and keep Liverpool in the title hunt.

"This is a very busy period we're coming into," said the Northern Irishman. "We're a squad that needs as many of our good players as possible. It's a big blow for us.

"We've got other players that will hopefully come in and stake their claim now," he added.

"The front area of the pitch has been reasonably settled with our big players but this will give someone else an opportunity to come in.

"This little period now will test us. We've got players who will come in and it's a great opportunity for them to stake their claim in the team.

"Hopefully, we can get back to winning games."

But there was no denying Hull deserved a first win over Liverpool in the 109-year history of the East Yorkshire club.

Promoted to the Premier League last season, Hull have enjoyed a promising start to the current campaign and manager Steve Bruce said he hoped the victory over Liverpool would increase his players' self-belief.

"It's always hard, when you bring a team out of the Championship, to give them that belief," said Bruce.

"Some of that squad have hardly played in the Premier League," the former Manchester United captain added. "It gives them a little bit of self-belief that they can play here, as long as they're playing like they are.

"That's the difficulty of the Premier League, every week, we've got to be at our best.

"There's only a couple of games where we haven't played well and I don't think it's any fluke that we're sitting in the top 10 in the Premier League.

"You can talk about tactics and whatever but the 11 players we put out there performed to a level which I've grown accustomed to.

"We've made a real fist of it. Let's hope we can continue it -- that's the hard part."




WATCH: Meyiwa's memory still lives on

26 October 2016, 19:26

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Advice from a young married Kenya...

I was just going to get water in the office kitchen and thought a simple hi was fine until I ended up in an hour long conversation with someone. Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Helping you find the type of man ...

To put it simply, you can’t go looking for fish in a meat market; you have to go to a fish market. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
Decision to leave ODM for Jubilee...

The decision to leave ODM for Jubilee is final, an MP has said. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
ODM accuses Jubilee Party of usin...

ODM claims that the Jubilee Party is using state resources to campaign in west Pokot. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
STATEMENT: Uhuru on Mandera attac...

President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks to Kenyans after Mandera Shabaab attacks leave 12 dead. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
Mudavadi set for 2 month long wes...

Musalia Mudavadi is set for western Kenya campaigns.