Sturridge could make Liverpool return against Everton

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will give Daniel Sturridge as much time as possible before making a decision on his involvement in the weekend’s Merseyside derby against Everton, Sky Sports has reported.

Sturridge hasn’t featured in September for the Reds after he was injured while away with England, picking up a problem with his hamstring. But speaking to reporters on Thursday, Rodgers suggested Sturridge was close to a comeback after missing three games, a Champions League win and two Premier League defeats.

“We’ve got a number of injuries that we’re just going to give every chance to. Obviously the game is 48 hours away,” Rodgers said. “[Sturridge] is a player who is out on the field working. Daniel and a number of others we’ll assess nearer the time. If he doesn’t make it, then he won’t be far off after that.

“He is someone that responds well to treatment and it’s gone well – he’s out on the field,” the manager continued. “There’s still a couple of days to go yet before the game. The most important thing is that he is nearer to fitness.

“He certainly won’t be match fit – he hasn’t played for a few weeks. But it would be great to have him back because he’s a wonderful player for us. He’s a great reference for our team at the top of the field. His pace and movement and quality that we saw the last time he played for us, against Tottenham. He was exceptional.

“We’ll be very happy to have him back and we hope that can be this weekend. But we’ll assess over the next couple of days.”

Sturridge scored three times in last season’s two derbies, betting a last-minute equaliser in the 3-3 draw at Goodison Park in November and scoring twice in January’s 4-0 Liverpool win at Anfield.

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