Rodgers delivers latest Liverpool injury update ahead of Hull clash
The Liverpool boss is unsure exactly when striker Daniel Sturridge will be fit again
Brendan Rodgers admits that he is still unsure when Daniel Sturridge will return from injury for Liverpool.
The striker has not featured for the Reds since picking up a thigh injury while on international duty with England at the start of September.
The 25-year-old was nearing a return but suffered a setback last week when he picked up a calf strain in training.
Asked at a news conference on Thursday if there was a time-scale on Sturridge’s return from injury, Rodgers replied: “No, not yet, no.”
He continued: “When Daniel plays, it opens up a lot more spaces, and gives us that fluency and fluidity within the team that can create space for other players. It’s something we want to get back as quickly as we can.”
After Mario Balotelli was substituted at half-time during Liverpool’s 3-0 Champions League loss to Real Madrid on Wednesday night, Rodgers hinted that he may call on Rickie Lambert in the coming weeks.
“Rickie’s role is important for us. It might not always seem that way, because he doesn’t play so much, but he has been working outstandingly well every day,” Rodgers said.
“He’s there when required, and when he’s called upon, he always gives 100 percent to what we’re trying to achieve.
“Rickie has always been very clear about his position and what the expectations of him are. Rickie knew he was going to get games here. He knew he wasn’t going to be a starter, but that there would be times when the team would need him.
“That’s how it’s panned out for him, really, in his time here. In the game last night, we needed something tactically different, which was about speed and mobility, and that was why we put Raheem [Sterling] through the middle.”