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Hodgson Blames Liverpool For Injury Woes

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Oh, the irony.

"Hmm...pitch seems suspect."
"Hmm...pitch seems suspect."
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Liverpool supporters approach international breaks with great apprehension these days, as it seems one can't come and go without taking at least one Liverpool player down with it. England manager Roy Hodgson has been a prime culprit, famously breaking Daniel Sturridge last year.

Liverpool vice captain James Milner was unavailable for England, as he's nursing an a thigh strain. Like Brendan Rodgers before him, Hodgson blamed the pitch at Anfield.

"I honestly believe the pitches, strangely enough, in getting so much better in some cases have provoked more injuries because this surface now which is mixed a little bit with the artificial to keep the roots tighter. I think people slide a little bit more and maybe it does provoke (more injuries)."

The England manager then bemoaned his limited selection, with Sturridge, Ings, Gomez, Henderson, and Flanagan also unavailable for the national team.

"It would have been nice in this month to have had a harder selection problem than I eventually ended up having and really bringing in some people who might not have got a look in otherwise."

Yeah, Roy, how could Liverpool inconvenience you like this?