As if losing away to Hull City 3-1 wasn’t bad enough for Liverpool on December 1, the news got worse for the English Premier League club when it found out leading scorer Daniel Sturridge will be out of action for up to eight weeks. The English international striker injured his ankle ligaments in training the day before the match and a medical scan confirmed that it’s a serious injury.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers told the press, “He’s probably going to be out for six to eight weeks. We never thought it was anywhere near as serious as that to be honest. He slipped over in training. He initially thought it was his toe. He got brought inside straight away and he was taken for a scan straight away and it showed he actually had a ligament strain. It’s quite serious really which is a big blow for us as he’s been brilliant since he’s come in.”

Sturridge, who formerly played with Manchester City, Bolton and Chelsea, has been one of the best payers in England so far this season. He has scored 11 goals for Liverpool in all competitions with nine of them coming in the Premier League. He has formed a deadly striking partnership with Uruguay international Luis Suarez and his skills will be sorely missed by the Reds.

Luckily for Rodgers he still has some fine young talent in Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling and Victor Moses who should help ease the pain of Sturridge’s loss. However, the 3-1 loss to Hull saw Liverpool fall from second place in the league standings with 24 points and are now seven back of league-leading Arsenal.

The 24-year-old Sturridge has two goals in nine games for England and scored twice for the British Olympic team in 2012. Sturridge joined Liverpool last season and has scored at a remarkable rate with 22 goals in 30 appearances. He has 60 goals in 170 total club games so far in his career and is seen as one of England’s brightest young stars.