Sturridge out of Liverpool’s crunch Champions League clash with Basel

The 24-year-old has not featured for the struggling Reds since picking up a hamstring injury on England duty and has not travelled with the rest of the squad to Switzerland

Daniel Sturridge has been ruled out of Liverpool’s crucial Champions League clash with Basel on Wednesday.

Manager Brendan Rodgers had hoped Sturridge would recover from a hamstring problem sustained on England duty in time to travel with the rest of the Reds squad to Switzerland, but the 25-year-old has only just resumed full training.

Sturridge will instead remain at Liverpool’s Melwood training complex in a bid to get himself fit in an attempt to feature in Saturday’s Premier League encounter with West Brom at Anfield.

Mamadou Sakho has also been left out of the travelling Reds party in response to his decision to leave Anfield prior to Saturday’s Merseyside derby when it emerged he was not included in Rodgers’ matchday squad.

Liverpool sit top of Group B having battled to a 2-1 win over Ludogorets, but know another three points against Basel could prove decisive with two matches against European champions Real Madrid still to come.

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