Hull v Liverpool: Daniel Sturridge ruled out of Premier League clash and could face lengthy spell out after suffering sprained ankle

The England striker suffered the injury in training of Friday and the club have confirmed he will undergo further assessment to determine the extend of the damage

Liverpool are anxiously awaiting a prognosis on Daniel Sturridge after the striker sprained an ankle in training.

The England international has had scans on the problem after limping out of training on Friday.

However, Press Association Sport understands bruising around the affected area means it has been difficult for the Reds' medical team to accurately assess just what the damage is.

Sturridge is out of Sunday's trip to Hull but it may not be until early next week before the true extent of the injury is revealed.

"Liverpool Football Club can confirm Daniel Sturridge will be assessed by the club's medical staff today after the striker rolled his ankle in training," said a club statement.

"Sturridge returned to training at Melwood this week; however, he sustained an ankle sprain which will require further assessment."

 

The absence of the 24-year-old, who has scored nine league goals this season, means Luis Suarez, also with nine this campaign in just seven league matches, will lead the line on his own at the KC Stadium.

But it is the other end of the pitch where manager Brendan Rodgers has had the most work to do, although he is confident recent defensive lapses were a one-off and not an indicator of a deeper malaise.

The Reds conceded three for the first time since March in a thrillingly open 3-3 Merseyside derby draw at Goodison Park last weekend.

Two of the three goals they let in came directly from set-pieces - a frailty from which they suffered earlier in the campaign - with the third coming in the aftermath of a free-kick.

Liverpool's defensive record is generally good as - even taking into account the three scored by the Toffees - they have let in 13 in 12 matches.

And Rodgers believes last week was an isolated case with mitigating factors which he does not expect to be repeated at Hull on Sunday.

"During the two-week international lay-off, when a lot of the players are away, you're literally only getting your squad back on the Friday and then you're going straight into a big game like the derby," he said.

"That's maybe one of the reasons why it was so open, because of the lack of time both coaches had to work with the players.

"It was a really attacking game that, from a coaching perspective, was probably way too open.

"There were lots of mistakes defensively in the game. There's obviously moments where we probably lost our concentration.

"The game against Everton was unique because at the end of the match it was like a basketball game - there was no organisation.

"But we showed yet again our incredible character that's within the team.

"We're a very hard team to beat and that's very important as any manager will tell you.

"If you can't win a game, then you have to fight not to lose it and that was something that we did against Everton.

"We've worked hard this week on many aspects of our game. You move on and we go into the game on Sunday prepared for a hard game."

Rodgers believes it is better to go out looking to be positive and win games than trying to just be difficult to beat, although he accepts that requires a different mindset from the players.

"When I came in here, the big challenge was to score goals. I think everyone recognised that was an issue within the team.

he added.

"This year we are one of the highest goalscorers in the league and that's what wins you football matches.

"At times we are going to have to take a risk - that may result in you conceding another goal but I will always be offensive and creative in the approach.

"The defensive side has been quite solid but we can always be better."

Hull will obviously try to exploit any perceived weakness in Liverpool's defence and as the best performing of the three promoted sides Rodgers will not take them lightly.

"We know it's going to be a very difficult game," added the Reds boss.

"Of the teams who have been promoted, they've done really well and they look to be heading on course to be a team in the middle of the table, so that tells you that it's going to be a very difficult game for us.

"But our confidence is high and out spirit is very strong at the moment."

PA

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
business
News
Mick Jagger performing at Glastonbury
people
Extras
indybest
Life and Style
beautyBelgian fan lands L'Oreal campaign after being spotted at World Cup
Sport
Germany's Andre Greipel crosses the finish line to win the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 194 kilometers (120.5 miles) with start in Arras and finish in Reims, France
tour de franceGerman champion achieves sixth Tour stage win in Reims
Caption competition
Caption competition
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily World Cup Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice
Hollywood targets Asian audiences as US films enjoy record-breaking run at Chinese box office

Hollywood targets Asian audiences

The world's second biggest movie market is fast becoming the Hollywood studios' most crucial
Grindr founder Joel Simkhai: 'I've found love on my dating app - and my mum keeps trying to hook me up!'

Grindr founder Joel Simkhai: 'I've found love on my dating app'

Five years on from its launch and Grindr is the world's most popular dating app for gay men. Its founder Joel Simkhai answers his critics, describes his isolation as a child
Autocorrect has its uses but it can go rogue with embarrassing results - so is it time to ditch it?

Is it time to ditch autocorrect?

Matthew J X Malady persuaded friends to message manually instead, but failed to factor in fat fingers and drunk texting
10 best girls' summer dresses

Frock chick: 10 best girls' summer dresses

Get them ready for the holidays with these cool and pretty options 
Westminster’s dark secret: Adultery, homosexuality, sadomasochism and abuse of children were all seemingly lumped together

Westminster’s dark secret

Adultery, homosexuality, sadomasochism and abuse of children were all seemingly lumped together
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Dulce et decorum est - a life cut short for a poet whose work achieved immortality

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Dulce et decorum est: a life cut short for a poet whose work achieved immortality
Google tells popular music website to censor album cover art in 'sexually explicit content' ban

Naked censorship?

The strange case of Google, the music website and the nudity take-down requests
Howzat! 8 best cricket bats

Howzat! 8 best cricket bats

As England take on India at Trent Bridge, here is our pick of the high-performing bats to help you up your run-count this summer 
Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014 comment: David Luiz falls from leader figure to symbol of national humiliation

David Luiz falls from leader figure to symbol of national humiliation

Captain appears to give up as shocking 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat threatens ramifications in Brazil