INJURED: Sturridge (PA)
LIVERPOOL’S GOAL-SCORING woes look set to continue as Daniel Sturridge is facing another lengthy spell on the sidelines after picking up a fresh injury in training.
The 25-year-old frontman has been forced to watch his team-mates from the stands since suffering the original injury while helping England to a 1-0 win over Norway back in early September.
Brendan Rodgers was initially critical of England's handling of Sturridge after he was ruled out for up to three weeks.
Reports suggest the England international is out for at least another six weeks while he recovers from ongoing muscular problems, setting his likely return date somewhere in the New Year.
The former Chelsea and Man City player was one half of a formidable strike partnership with Luis Suarez last season, netting the goal 25 times for the Reds but so far has only managed to make three Premier League appearances this season.
His absence has presented opportunities to fellow strikers Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini who have failed to score a league goal between them.
Rodgers, who is under increasing pressure himself, has been left frustrated that his side have scored just 14 times this season and will no doubt be looking to get his team’s goal-scoring form back on track.
Liverpool travel to Crystal Palace on Sunday after a troubled start to their campaign and will be cursing their luck that their first choice centre forward will not be lacing up his boots any time soon.