Swansea boss Michael Laudrup has had a bout of managerial hypocrisy ahead of Monday’s match against Liverpool.
“I was surprised to read less than 48 hours after such a crucial game that he is fit to play against us”, said Laudrup.
“I thought there were some rules that if you were injured you couldn’t just play with your team three or four days later.”
Maths clearly not being his strong point there, Tuesday to the following Monday is six days.
Of course, the fact Sturridge withdrew from the England squad over a week before Monday’s match – he was officially withdrawn from the Ukraine match last Sunday – and the fact Brendan Rodgers had explained he wasn’t fully fit in the win over Man United – which will be over two weeks ago by Monday – passed Laudrup by.
And the small matter that Laudrup’s own player, Jonjo Shelvey – the former Liverpool midfielder who joined Swansea this summer – withdrew from the England Under 21’s with a knee injury and is similarly expected to be involved in Monday’s game.
Anyone would think Laudrup is worried about Sturridge – who has scored the winner in each of Liverpool’s Premier League games this season – being involved against his side.
This is the same Michael Laudrup who, having quit international football for Denmark due to differences with coach Richard Møller Nielsen, declined to play at Euro 92 – which the Danes went on to unexpectedly win.