Sturridge close to his best, says Liverpool boss Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers believes Daniel Sturridge isn’t far off his best form as the Liverpool manager reveals the forward is to step his contribution to the team after recovering from a lengthy injury lay-off, ESPN has reported.

Sturridge was injured in September while representing England and missed the rest of 2014 and the start of the New Year as a result, returning to action on January 31 and scoring in the Reds’ 2-0 win at Anfield over West Ham.

He has featured in nine games since his comeback against the Hammers but Rodgers has often used Sturridge from the bench, for fear of putting too much strain on the 25-year-old. But former Swansea City boss Rodgers has said that soon Sturridge will be able to increase his workload and believes he will slot in well to the formation Liverpool are currently using – a different system to the one favoured before Sturridge’s long absence.

“Daniel is not yet fully fit and it is difficult for him because these are not training games for him to get fit,” Rodgers said regarding Sturridge’s progress. “He’s excited by the new system. Put a fully fit Daniel Sturridge into that system and it lights up again.

“Come the end of this week Daniel will be on a great run and able to play every game and able to train,” Rodgers added. “He wasn’t quite ready for the Premier League so then we were trying to fit him in in games.

“The Europa League was a great chance to get some game time into him, but after five months out and with his history here that was something we had to think of,” he continued. “The last thing we wanted to do was break him. He felt good [against Manchester City] after playing on Thursday. He’s very determined to play and when you see a fully fit Daniel, he will be brilliant.”

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