Forward has made a sensational start to his Reds career.
Liverpool have received a huge lift with the news that front man Daniel Sturridge has not suffered angle ligament damage after all and could now be fit for the start of the new season, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The in-form England international suffered what appeared to be a serious looking injury to his ankle while playing for his country in a friendly international against the Republic of Ireland at Wembley Stadium last week following a tackle by the visitors’ Glenn Whelan.
And initially, before scans were able to be taken on the 23-year-old’s ankle, there were fears that the striker had sustained ligament damage that could have kept Sturridge on the sidelines for as long as fourth months, which would have meant the player not only being absent from the Reds’ pre season, but also the start of the new campaign.
That worst-case scenario would have been a huge blow to Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers after the forward netted 11 goals in just 16 matches for the club last season following his move from Chelsea.
However, the Merseysiders have since announced on their official website that: “Liverpool Football Club hope to have striker Daniel Sturridge available for the beginning of the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League campaign.
“Sturridge’s ankle injury has been reviewed by a specialist.
“He suffered a high ankle sprain and Liverpool’s medical staff had to allow the swelling to reduce before a final assessment was made.”