Liverpool striker Sturridge a doubt for Merseyside derby

Liverpool could go into Saturday’s Merseyside derby without the services of England striker Daniel Sturridge, ESPN has reported, as the forward is still feeling the effects of a dead leg, manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed.

Rodgers added that Sturridge was carrying the problem prior to joining up with England for the international friendlies against Chile and Germany, with the former Chelsea forward only appearing in the latter game, a 1-0 defeat at Wembley. Sturridge played the full 90 minutes against Germany and Rodgers could not say if he would be available to play Everton.

He went to England with an injury,” Rodgers confirmed. “He’s had a dead leg for three to four weeks, and he’s been playing through with it. He hardly trained when he left after the Fulham game.

But sometimes managers are led by players as well,” Rodgers noted, explaining that he didn’t blame Roy Hodgson for picking the unfit Sturridge. “You as a manager can only ask the player how they feel. If they say they’re happy, they want to play – and want to play 90 minutes – then that’s something you’ll consider.

Roy’s obviously spoken with Daniel and he’s played the game. We’ll assess him. He’s obviously back recovering after that, and we’ll see how it is over the next couple of days.

The 24-year-old Sturridge is the Premier League’s joint-top scorer with eight goals, the same tally as teammate Luis Suarez, who is ready to play at Goodison Park after using the private jet of Liverpool owner John W. Henry to return from Montevideo.

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