Brendan Rodgers can’t wait for Daniel Sturridge to get back up to speed.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has sent a warning to their rivals for a top-four finish in the Premier League, by suggesting that his team will get better once Daniel Sturridge is fully fit, reports the Daily Star.
Sturridge missed most of the first half of the season through injury, but has been back in contention since the end of January, helping the Reds continue their unbeaten run in the league, which began in mid-December.
The run, which now sits at eleven games, has been largely thanks to a new 3-4-3 system employed by Rodgers, and the manager believes that Sturridge will only add to the success of the new formation.
“Daniel is excited by the new system. He is not fully fit yet and it is difficult for him because these are not training games for him to get fit, they are real games,” Rodgers said.
Despite being involved with the last nine games in all competitions, it is only in the previous few that the England international has featured from the beginning, and Rodgers has revealed that the cautious approach taken will benefit the team in the long run.
“The last thing we wanted to do was break him. He’s very determined to play and when you see a fully fit Daniel, he will be brilliant,” he continued.
Liverpool currently sit fifth in the Premier League, just two points off the top four, and they will be hoping that Sturridge can rediscover his form from last season, where he scored 25 goals in all competitions for the club.