Daniel Sturridge has revealed he is concerned that his injury problems could be hereditary, having managed just four matches for club and country so far this season.
Sturridge has not featured for Liverpool since August 31, and is unlikely to return to action for at least another two weeks.
“I’ve been unfortunate this season to pick up injuries. Maybe it’s my body type and hereditary,” he said.
“My uncle Dean had a lot of muscle problems when he played, uncle Simon the same, and my dad. Maybe it’s the Caribbean vibes. [I have] fast-twitch muscles, I am more vulnerable to muscle injuries. As to whether I will be one of the best player in Europe or the world, for me, as long as I continue to work hard everything will take care of itself.
“I’ve genuinely missed playing and it has been one of the most difficult times for myself.
“It has been since I got the first injury with England. It has been mentally difficult to deal with it because I want to be playing and I am putting pressure on myself to be out there because I miss it. It’s not just a job for me. I love it. For me to be missing games is devastating but I have to deal with the cards I have been dealt and think everything happens for a reason.
“Of course, watching the games is the most difficult thing but I have been pushing myself in training to make sure when I come back I am prepared and I am not going to breakdown.
“I was unfortunate with the calf injury. When I come back I am hoping to score goals and help the team win games.
“I’m not going to say I am going to come back and be a genius because everyone takes time to come back from injuries. I know what is expected of myself and what is expected when you put the Liverpool shirt on. I can’t wait to get back to try to help the team try to win something this season.”
He continued: “There is improvement to come (in the team). The way in which the manager wants us to play – he is very persistent – his methods will bring success. We will do our best to get in the Champions League again and go from there. I am hopeful he will be at the club for a long time, I have just signed a new contract, and other players will be here for a long time, too.
“There are new players and new faces this seas, but the same methods. It is high intensity, getting the ball down and playing.”