Dietmar Hamann has urged Liverpool to present an “honest and truthful” explanation of Daniel Sturridge’s continued absence from the first team after questioning his injury record. Hamann says Liverpool must “stop protecting” Sturridge if he is not seriously hurt. Former Reds midfielder Hamann said: “The club has got a responsibility to tell the paying public what is wrong with him. If he has got a hamstring injury, an ankle injury, or whatever he may have, the people who pay for a season ticket have got a right to know what is wrong with him. “Judging by the way Jurgen Klopp answered his questions (before the Manchester United game), I don’t think there is too much wrong with the player. If there is nothing wrong with him, it is more important to be honest and truthful with the paying public than to protect a player who has hardly played in the last 18 months, who seems to choose when he wants to play.” Hamann played alongside Sturridge at Manchester City, and saw him suffer various fitness problems. Former Germany international Hamann told talkSPORT: “If you look at his record since he has played professional football he probably doesn’t average half the games a season – and it has got worse at Liverpool. I am not saying he is pretending to be injured, I’m not sure. But if he is injured, say it. Nobody knows what is going on with him. “People have spent £800 or £1,000 to watch Liverpool at home and sometimes even away, and the star player is not playing and nobody knows where he is. If there isn’t a problem with him, then it is time to stop protecting the player.” Press Association England striker Sturridge has been absent from the Liverpool side since early December with what the club have cited as a hamstring problem. He is still not ready to make a return and will miss Wednesday’s FA Cup third-round replay against Exeter, with Jurgen Klopp’s team struggling for goals recently without the 26-year-old frontman.
Published on April 24, 2016 at 3:59 pm Contact Matthew: email@example.com | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (25-21, 9-11 Atlantic Coast) could not take the rubber game of a weekend series at Louisville (32-10, 13-5) Sunday afternoon, falling 6-2 at Ulmer Stadium.The Orange and Cardinals split Saturday’s doubleheader.Syracuse pitcher AnnaMarie Gatti was sharp early, retiring the first seven hitters and holding UofL hitless through three innings.But Gatti could not get out of the fourth inning. After inducing a groundout, she allowed a single, a walk and a pair of doubles. With one out in the inning and UofL up 3-0, Jocelyn Cater relieved Gatti, getting the next two batters on groundouts to end the frame.In the fifth, Louisville’s Brittany Sims doubled to right center, scoring Megan Hensley and Jessica Adell to make it a 5-0 ballgame. UofL tacked on another run in the sixth.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGatti took the loss, allowing three runs in 3 1/3 innings of work.SU scored both of its runs in the sixth, when outfielder Maddi Doane led off the inning with a walk. After Corinne Ozanne singled and Sydney O’Hara reached on an error, Andrea Bombace scored Doane on a fielder’s choice. Two batters later, Alicia Hansen singled home O’Hara to make it 6-2.Louisville ace Maryssa Becker allowed just one earned run in her complete-game effort, earning her 19th win of the year. Becker also beat the Orange in game one on Saturday, tossing a complete-game shutout.Despite having one more hit than UofL, the Orange was just 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position.Syracuse’s next game is at Albany (29-12, 9-1 American) on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. Comments