Brendan Rodgers reveals his plans for Daniel Sturridge, once the striker is fully fit…
Daniel Sturridge can thrive as the focal point of Liverpool’s attack, once he’s fully recovered from the injury that sidelined him for almost five months.
That’s the view of Reds’ boss Brendan Rodgers, who rested Sturridge for all but the final ten minutes of Sunday’s 2-1 win over Manchester City. The Northern Irishman has spoken openly about a need to manage the striker’s game time over the coming weeks and months, and he stuck to his policy last weekend.
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Sturridge has made nine appearances since his goalscoring comeback against West Ham United, and like many of his teammates has had to adapt to Rodgers’ new-look 3-4-3 formation, which was implemented back in December.
The England international has primarily been used in the centre of the forward three, but has also played out wide to accommodate the inclusion of fellow-striker Mario Balotelli.
Despite the switch, Rodgers has revealed that he sees Sturridge’s future at the heart of his Liverpool strikeforce. The manager, who was quoted by our official website, said: “Daniel is not fully fit yet and it is difficult for him because these are not training games for him to get fit.
“He’s excited by the new system. Put a fully fit Daniel Sturridge into that system and it lights it up again. Come the end of this week Daniel will be on a great run and able to play every game and be able to train.
“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.
“The last thing we wanted to do was break him. He felt good on Sunday on the back of playing Thursday. He’s very determined to play and when you see a fully fit Daniel, he will be brilliant.”