Liverpool’s Rodgers delivers Gerrard and Sturridge fitness update
Brendan Rodgers gives a fitness update on Liverpool duo Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge
Brendan Rodgers has given a fitness update on Liverpool duo Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge ahead of Saturday’s Merseyside derby.
The 24-year-old striker, who has scored eight Premier League goals this season, has been suffering from a dead leg in recent weeks and started England’s 1-0 loss to Germany on Tuesday night.
But Reds boss Rodgers refused to express his dissatisfaction with England manager Roy Hodgson despite Sturridge’s ongoing management of the leg problem.
“He went to England with an injury. He’s had a dead leg for three to four weeks that he’s been playing through. Obviously, he hardly trained after he left following the Fulham game,” Rodgers told a pre-match media conference.
“Sometimes managers are led by players as well. The manager can only ask the player how they’re feeling, and if they’re happy, then that’s something you’ll consider.
“Roy has spoken with Daniel and had that conversation and played the game. He’s back and recovering after that. We’ll see how he is.”
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard also played the full quota of minutes at Wembley earlier this week, but Rodgers isn’t concerned about his skipper’s fitness.
“It’s very simple; he’s a brilliant professional. He’s someone who manages his body really well. He’s got a superb medical team to support that,” he added.
“He knows his body and the injections he’s had before have helped him. In the last 18 months, you only have to look at his injury record – it’s been very good.”
Rodgers added that defender Jose Enrique is going to need an operation in an attempt to solve a persistent knee injury.
“We’re just waiting on clarification with his injury,” he said. “It looks like he’ll need a small operation which is disappointing because he’s been out for a couple of months.
“We’ve tried various ways to get him back fit but he’s still in pain. He’ll need an operation and we’ll assess it from there.”