Klopp believes Sturridge will fit for Euro 2016

[dropcap]D[/dropcap]aniel Sturridge faced a huge injury blow form the starting of this season, but his new manager Jurgen Klopp still believes he can start for England in Euro 2016.

26-year-old Liverpool striker played an hour for his national team on the International friendly match against Netherlands. He also having a big threats to secure his permanent place in starting XI for England because of Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy.

Both players lifted their teams to the top level with brilliant individual performances. Wayne Rooney is also getting ready from injury and preparing to compete for his place in Euro 2016.

Klopp is supporting Sturridge instead of his injury blow and impressed with his training sessions too.

Klopp said ahead of Tottenham clash: “There are a lot of good strikers in England so congratulations for that,”

“If I say I wish Daniel could have a real holiday and doesn’t have to go to the European Championships, what kind of manager would I be?

“It is the European Championships and playing for your country is the best thing a player can do, and I really wish for him to be part of it.

“The situation here is the best situation since I have been here; he trained all sessions with the national team, he had 65 minutes against Netherlands and was absolutely okay.

“He is very important for us and hopefully he is fit until the end of the season and then I cannot make decisions for Roy Hodgson – that is his problem.

“But the better we play, together with him, the better the chances for our players to be part of a big tournament.”

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Can Liverpool finish in the top four this season?

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After a slow start to the season, Liverpool have picked up their form under new manager Jurgen Klopp and sit eighth in the Premier League – just six points behind fourth placed Tottenham Hotspur.

The Reds have produced a number of impressive performances, none more so than their 4-1 victory away at Manchester City earlier in the campaign but have struggled with injury issues in recent times. We consider their current form and evaluate whether or not they will finish in the top four this season.

Okay so Liverpool have one of the strongest starting line-ups in the top flight but their squad has been whittled down to its bare minimum in the last few months. For some reason, and it could well be down to Jurgen Klopp’s famous “gegenpress” style of play, Liverpool’s top stars keep on picking up injuries.

The likes of Daniel Sturridge, Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho have all spent time on the touchline this season and Klopp’s frustration at Liverpool’s misfortune has been clear for all to see.

Despite their struggles with injuries, the Reds are challenging for silverware. Liverpool are 2-1 up on aggregate in their Capital One Cup clash with Stoke City and will book their place in the final of the competition if they avoid defeat in the second leg.

At the time of writing, Coral price Klopp’s men at 6/5 to lift the trophy – it could be a great football bet as rivals Manchester City are trailing to Everton on aggregate. With a bit of luck, Liverpool could go all the way and Klopp will get his hands on silverware in his first season as manager.

In terms of their league form, Liverpool are performing well. Although they lost 2-0 to West Ham in their last outing, the Reds have improved – albeit slowly – and now stand a genuine chance of snatching a top four spot.

In fact, as of January 11th, Klopp’s men are 5/2 with Coral to finish in the Champions League places. This could be this weekend’s recommended football bet as it’s likely that the odds will shorten if Liverpool continue to improve and climb up the table.

Liverpool have a promising group of young players and many will believe that the Reds could sneak a top four spot this season. With just one or two signings in January, Klopp’s side will stand a great chance of defying the odds and earning a spot back in Europe’s elite club competition.

The Reds aren’t a bad side and with a bit of luck on the injury front and consistency against the Premier League’s “lesser” teams, there’s absolutely no reason why they cannot finish in the top four this season.

How do you solve a problem like Mario?

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[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he fanfare surrounding Mario Balotelli’s £16 million move to Liverpool was incredible. When he arrived from AC Milan expectations were high. He wasn’t going to be a like-for-like Luis Suarez replacement but he would still be able to terrorise opposing defences. That was August, we are now in November and things could not be more different.

The Italian has failed to find the net in his seven league games and has just two goals in 12 overall appearances. That could be forgiven if he was a workhorse, but he is not. Thus far this season he has looked cumbersome on the pitch. Balotelli’s shortcomings have only been exacerbated by Daniel Sturridge’s absence with injury. Showing just how poorly Balotelli is playing at Anfield is his odds of finishing as the top scorer in England; Betfair currently have him at 150/1, by contrast, Charlie Austin of newly-promoted QPR, is 50/1.

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So how can Liverpool solve this problem?

Well the big difference could be Sturridge’s return from injury, which the club expect to be within the next 10 days. With the England international back in the fold he will be able to take over the goal-scoring burden that Balotelli has so far failed with. Having Sturridge as the out-and-out centre forward will allow Mario to occupy a deeper role of the shoulder; a position he is more comfortable with.

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Sturridge coming back should also see Raheem Sterling get back to his best. The winger and Sturridge have an intrinsic knowledge of each other and their intricate passing game carves defences open with ease. With Sterling at full wind and a Sturridge hungry for goals, it is inevitable that Liverpool will start scoring, and when they do Balotelli will be one of the benefactors.

Confidence has never been Balotelli’s problem. He is a player who believes himself to be great, which, on his day, he is. However, his attitude problem is well noted; he was recently in the news for getting into a row about his car. Anyway, the Liverpool management team should consider dropping him. He is already hungry for goals but dropping him from the starting line-up would no doubt make him salivate for them. Rickie Lambert is a proven Premier League goal scorer and would easily fit into the side in the meantime.

Of course, this is all simply hypothetical. There is nothing to suggest that Balotelli will start scoring once c returns or if he is instead relegated to the bench, and if that transpires to be then Brendan Rodgers has a serious problem. Transfer talk in recent days has suggested that Napoli may be interested in acquiring the forward’s services for £10 million. Now nobody at Liverpool wants to see him sold but if he doesn’t start performing, let alone scoring, then Rodgers would have no choice. The money the sale would generate would allow them to move for West Brom’s in-form forward Saido Berahino – a player that most Liverpool fans would take over Balotelli right now.

There is no answer to the Balotelli conundrum. If he doesn’t start scoring however, then his time on Merseyside could be very abrupt.

Sturridge coming back should also see Raheem Sterling get back to his best. The winger and Sturridge have an intrinsic knowledge of each other and their intricate passing game carves defences open with ease. With Sterling at full wind and a Sturridge hungry for goals, it is inevitable that Liverpool will start scoring, and when they do Balotelli will be one of the benefactors.

Confidence has never been Balotelli’s problem. He is a player who believes himself to be great, which, on his day, he is. However, his attitude problem is well noted; he was recently in the news for getting into a row about his car. Anyway, the Liverpool management team should consider dropping him. He is already hungry for goals but dropping him from the starting line-up would no doubt make him salivate for them. Rickie Lambert is a proven Premier League goal scorer and would easily fit into the side in the meantime.

Of course, this is all simply hypothetical. There is nothing to suggest that Balotelli will start scoring once Sturridge returns or if he is instead relegated to the bench, and if that transpires to be then Brendan Rodgers has a serious problem. Transfer talk in recent days has suggested that Napoli may be interested in acquiring the forward’s services for £10 million. Now nobody at Liverpool wants to see him sold but if he doesn’t start performing, let alone scoring, then Rodgers would have no choice. The money the sale would generate would allow them to move for West Brom’s in-form forward Saido Berahino – a player that most Liverpool fans would take over Balotelli right now.

There is no answer to the Balotelli conundrum. If he doesn’t start scoring however, then his time on Merseyside could be very abrupt.

Who will be England’s star man at the World Cup?

England’s group is the clichéd ‘Group of Death’ in the media, but there’s no reason why Hodgson’s side shouldn’t get the better of either Uruguay or even Italy, who both appear fairly mediocre.  Qualification into the knockout rounds could project some of England’s young talent onto the world stage, so just who will shine in Brazil.

It appears that Hodgson favours Henderson and Gerrard in the engine room, with Lallana, Rooney and Sterling playing behind Sturridge.

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The omission of Ross Barkley is the most obvious bone of contention.  Many armchair pundits would rank his abilities over those of Lallana, but it’d be difficult to make a case for him ahead of Sterling, who is the Premier League’s man of the moment.

Sterling has revolutionised the number 10 position at Liverpool.  Instead of sticking a creative ball player in the hole, Sterling gets past the forward and grafts down the channels.  In terms of betting value he’s an enticing 33/1 to be England’s top scorer.

This is highlighted when you consider that Rooney’s basically playing the same position or deeper, and he comes in at 7/2.  Sturridge is the obvious favourite at around 5/2, but bear in mind, England will play on the break and Sterling will get chances aplenty.

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Another man towatch will be Jordan Henderson who has had a hard time convincing a lot of pundits of his abilities; purists can get too ingrained in their desire for complete ‘technical ability’, which I would suggest comes as much through systems as it does through players.

Most teams needs an engine and there are few better than Henderson, who is also a highly underrated footballer.

The Liverpool contingent will be prominent in Hodgson’s side, and if they can combine that understanding with the addition of world class players like Rooney, Cahill and Baines, they start to look a decent prospect for the latter stages.

The big question is whether Hodgson will strap these players into a 4-4-2 formational straight jacket, or let them off the leash and utilise their energy.

Paul Scholes has gone public in saying Hodgson should try to emulate Liverpool’s style, in the manner of, if you score 2 we’ll score 3.

Hodgson does like defending in two banks of four – perfectly reasonable – but he must build angles into the attack; a modern team doesn’t move out with the ball in straight lines.  Defensive rigidity and attacking flair aren’t mutually exclusive; just look at Jorge Jesus’s disciplined but ultimately creative Benfica side.

England probably aren’t going to win this World Cup, but players like Sturridge, Sterling, Barkley and Lallana can announce to the world that they’re fit to play on any stage.

 

Best among the best – Daniel Sturridge

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Daniel Sturridge

England striker Daniel Sturridge is one of the main reasons for keep Liverpool in the title hunt, who are struggling to earn the title since 1990.

Former Chelsea striker waited a long period in Stamford Bridge for his opportunity, but he never got those chances while playing for the Blues.

Liverpool transfer made a huge transfer in his professional life, he gets more chances to play and become one of the promising players in Anfield.

After moving from Chelsea, he made 39 appearances and scored 32 goals, which can compete with top players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. It includes eight consecutive goals in Premier League games in current season.

Games

Goals

Conversion

Chances created

Suarez

22

23

22.3%

3

ronaldo

21

22

17.6%

1.6

Ibrahimovic

25

22

21.8%

2.1

Diego Costa

25

21

30.4%

1.4

Sturridge

19

18

30%

1.2

Messi

18

14

23.7%

2

Rooney

22

10

16.9%

2

 

He played for all the top teams (Manchester City and Chelsea) in English Premier League, but his talent has been found since he joined Liverpool.

If he continues the same way of game and pace, he will play for the National team in Brazil 2014.

Daniel Sturridge to miss England games

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Daniel Sturridge

Liverpool’s bargain buy striker Daniel Sturridge has been red-hot since the start of the season scoring in every one of Liverpool’s games.

During last Sundays match against Manchester United that Liverpool won 1-0 thanks to the former Chelsea players 4th minute header, the Reds striker picked up a groin injury that will see him sidelined at least for tonight’s World Cup qualifying match against Moldova at Wembley.

Moldova is ranked 123 in the world by Fifa, and should easily be beaten by England who won their last meeting at the Zimbru Stadium in Chisinau 5-0.

Also missing for tonight’s match will be fellow England striker Wayne Rooney after receiving a gash in training that required twelve stiches to a head wound.

In their place we will see Southampton’s Ricky Lambert who should prove to be an adequate replacement for the Manchester and Liverpool pair.

Four days later England travel to Kiev to take on the Ukraine with Sturridge also expected to not be available leading England manager Roy Hodgeson to say: “We won’t know until training on Sunday if Daniel Sturridge will be fit for the Ukraine game.

“We’ve not been lucky with injuries, we’ve lost five players, but it’s an opportunity for others and up to them to do a job.”

Liverpool’s next opponent in the Premiership is Swansea City away on the 16th of September which will be a good test for the so far unbeaten Liverpool.

Liverpool are short on striking options after sending Fabio Borini away on loan to Sunderland, while Luis Suarez is still sitting out a ten-match ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic.

This makes me think that Rodgers will do whatever he can to stop Sturridge from playing against Ukraine for fear of aggravating the injury as he would love to keep the unbeaten run going and remain top of the Premiership.