May 02, 2015 11:22:34 UK
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge says he is in America in order to put his injury troubles behind him after missing a large chunk of the season.
It was confirmed on Friday by Reds boss Brendan Rodgers that Sturridge would not feature in the team’s final four matches of the season due to a hip injury.
The early end to the 25-year-old’s season brings down the curtain on a campaign blighted by injury issues, the former Chelsea man missing the end of 2014 due to a thigh problem.
In order to correct the issue Sturridge travelled to Los Angeles in early December for his rehabilitation, and is now back in the United States after once again being struck down by injury.
Sturridge, who has made just 18 appearances this season, is hopeful treatment by renown orthopaedic surgeon Peter Asnis, who has strong connections to Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group, will mean he returns for the start of next season as fit as possible.
“I like America, the way of thinking is different,” he told the Times.
“When you’re injured it’s important to have a different mentality. You have to channel yourself that you’re not a football player, that you could be a boxer or a tennis player or whatever it may be.
“You have to have a single-minded mentality to get back in the best shape possible. When you’re injured it’s important to have that type of mentality.
“That’s why being out here, I’m single-minded, zoning in on what I have to do and it’s great to be here.
“The physios at Liverpool are top class but it’s a change of environment that worked before and I wanted to do it again and that’s why it happened.”
Sturridge’s injury will deprive Liverpool of their first-choice striker for the Premier League run-in as they chase a top four finish.
The Reds are 7.50 to secure Champions League qualification this season after a recent poor run, with Tottenham 29.00 and Southampton 501.00.
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