Liverpool fans have come to dread international breaks more than most in recent years. Not just because we are reminded of the horrendous style of football we endured during 2010 under Roy Hodgson, but because our players always seem to return injured.
It’s becoming more than a bad joke now.
Brendan Rodgers revealed yesterday that Emre Can (six weeks), Joe Allen (one week) and most controversially Daniel Sturridge (three weeks) had all returned from duty with their respective countries crocked.
Whilst Can and Allen were both injured during matches, Daniel Sturridge’s thigh injury sustained during training has struck a real chord with Liverpool fans, angry at the way in which Hodgson’s ‘sports science’ team had handled the player.
Suspicions that the injury could have been avoided were rife before Rodgers voiced his thoughts yesterday – perhaps as Hodgson is hardly the most popular figure amongst Liverpool fans, a coach considered something of a dinosaur with no regards for sports science, or anything remotely forward thinking.
And those suspicions were confirmed yesterday, when a clearly angry Brendan Rodgers took to his press conference at Melwood, claiming that both he and Sturridge felt the player was mishandled whilst in Hodgson’s care.
“From images I’ve seen Daniel’s actually sprinted with the ball nearly 50 yards, three-quarters of the pitch, to shoot and that’s when he pulls up,” said Rodgers. “That’s where the issues are. We’re obviously disappointed because we feel it was an injury which could have been prevented.”