Sturridge has to balance responsibilities better, insists Liverpool boss Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said Daniel Sturridge needs to think more clearly about his responsibilities after the forward was forced to sit out most of the weekend’s Merseyside derby due to a lack of fitness following his involvement with England in midweek, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Sturridge entered the game as a late substitute and scored an even later equaliser to level the game at 3-3, but Rodgers revealed after the match that he felt he could not rely on the former Chelsea striker to play the full game and so left him on the bench for the majority of the tie.

I am looking at him in training on Friday and he is not right,” Rodgers said. “Whose responsibility is that? It is the association, the player. All I can do is look and assess who will give me absolutely everything when they go out on the field.

We have a game against a massive rival away from home. I need everyone as close to 100 per cent as I possibly can. He is clearly not. A lot of players, especially the top ones, are never 100 per cent fit,” Rodgers added, citing Luis Suarez as an example.

Suarez will never have been 100 per cent in his time here. Different personalities, different types,” the manager continued. “Daniel has been a match winner for us throughout his time here but I didn’t feel, because of that level of fitness, he was going to be that for us. I have seen it before. There is a trend.

There are some games when he hasn’t played well and that has happened on the back of not training. With any player, you have to put yourself on the training field. If you do that, you will be in with a chance of playing,” Rodgers concluded.

Sturridge played the full 90 minutes of England’s defeat to Germany despite, Rodgers noted, not being fully fit. He did sit out the international friendly before that, however, a 2-0 defeat to Chile.

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