The Dark Side of Michael Laudrup is coming to the fore with the usually rather likable Swansea Manager being forced to resort to tricks of the trade to unsettle opposition players ahead of the Swans’ big game on Monday night against Liverpool.
If the quality of football on offer and the occasion of Brendan Rodgers’ return to the Liberty Stadium weren’t big enough reason to attract attention to this key game, Laudrup has voiced his concerns about the miraculous recovery of England international Daniel Sturridge to full fitness just days after having been unavailable for selection for the country’s World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.
Sturridge has found himself caught in the eye of a storm after his injury has cleared up far too quickly for most people’s liking, and Laudrup has joined the band of names questioning the striker’s commitment to his national cause.
The Legendary Dane said, “I was a little surprised. We talk about a young player, a huge talent, and I am sure he would have played in a crucial game [for England] the other day. But he was injured and yet 48 hours later he is fit to play against us… I thought there were some rules that if you were injured you couldn’t just play with your team three of four days later.”