On Thursday Liverpool fans were dealt two devastatinn blows. First PSV star Memphis Depay picked Manchester United over Liverpool and then came the news that Daniel Sturridge could be out until October.
The Liverpool striker had surgery on his left hip on Tuesday in New York but the severity of the problem means the 25-year-old will not be able to resume full training for four months.
The surgery, which was performed by Dr Bryan T Kelly, has been deemed a complete success by Liverpool’s medical staff as it addressed a problem believed to be linked to Sturridge suffering so many issues with a thigh muscle.
Despite the optimism from the Liverpool medical staff it is clear that Brendan Rodgers cannot rely on the often-injured striker.
The last three Premier League winners; Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea have all had a main goalscorer that contributed heavily to their team’s success. Robin van Persie hit 26 strikes in 38 games, Sergio Aguero 17 in 23 and Diego Costa 19 in 24.
When Luis Suarez left in the summer, Rodgers was counting on Strurridge to fill the void left by the Uruguayan. After just three games though that plan went out the window as Sturridge got injured and went on to miss 19 games, that’s half a season.
Belgian striker Divock Origi will be joining up with his new teammates next month after his loan-spell at Lille and will be vital cover, whilst Christian Benteke, Theo Walcott and Danny Ings are to name but a few strikers to be linked with moves to Anfield in recent weeks, according to the Daily Telegraph.
But what is clear is that Sturridge can no longer be relied on and they must be in the market this summer for a world-class marksmen to replace his goals.