Daniel Sturridge clear to play for Liverpool during key run amid FA investigation

19 November 2018

Daniel Sturridge is available for selection while the FA investigate a misconduct charge against him regarding a potential breach of betting rules.


The Liverpool striker has had a peripheral, though at-times crucial, role to play this season.

A second-choice striker, he has netted four goals including against Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain, helping record vital points in both league and Champions League.

Last week it emerged that he was charged by the English FA over alleged breaches to the Betting Rules.

Sturridge has until 6pm on Tuesday to respond to the charge, but regardless, he will be able to play this coming weekend against Watford and beyond.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 24, 2018: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and FK Crvena zvezda (Red Star Belgrade) at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Independent report that any investigation is likely to last “several weeks” and that there is no specific and set punishment.

Liverpool now face a key run of seven games in 22 days, across domestic and European competition.

Jurgen Klopp is likely to rotate his squad heavily during this period, with fringe players needing to step up across the team to keep the Reds in the hunt for silverware in both competitions.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 29, 2018: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge embraces manager J¸rgen Klopp after the FA Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Sturridge, in particular from the second-string players, has largely cut a more involved and happy figure this season than in previous injury-disrupted campaigns, though the manager will doubtless assess his state of mind during the course of any investigation.

His last outing, however, saw him subbed off at half-time in the dismal 2-0 defeat at Red Star.

The No. 15 has not featured in the last three Premier League matches, but has made every match-day squad so far this season.

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