Rodgers praises Sturridge after Liverpool win

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hailed the impact of striker Daniel Sturridge after his side won 2-1 away to Crystal Palace to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals, BBC Sport has reported.

The former Manchester City and Chelsea man was making his second competitive start since returning from a lengthy spell on the sidelines, and grabbed the equaliser for the Reds, volleying home a pinpoint cross from Jordan Henderson in the early minutes of the second half.

That came after a first half in which Liverpool had dominated possession but had gone behind through Fraizer Campbell, who scored his second goal in as many games when he fired in the rebound after Simon Mignolet had saved a Dwight Gayle header.

And the visitors went on to claim victory at Selhurst Park when Adam Lallana was quick to react after Mario Balotelli’s free-kick was not held by Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni, as Liverpool made the last eight for just the second time in nine seasons.

After the game, Rodgers spoke of his delight at Sturridge’s contribution since returning from injury. “Daniel coming back has given us a big boost,” he said. “You can see his qualities – his speed, his touch and he doesn’t need too many chances to score. The team is functioning at a high level.”

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