Rodgers wants Liverpool strikers to capitalise on Sturridge absence
Brendan Rodgers wants to see Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert take their chance
Brendan Rodgers wants his Liverpool strikers to seize their chance to shine in the absence of Daniel Sturridge.
The England international is still sidelined with a calf injury and won’t feature for the Liverpool against Newcastle United on Saturday.
Those players will get a chance and hopefully they can take that chance
And Rodgers challenged the likes of Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert to make the most of any first-team opportunities that come their way.
“The players that are available are working very, very hard and we’re still learning about each other,” Rodgers said. “I think that sometimes goes amiss – you get new players in and with not as much preparation time, you’re learning about them in games.
“I can see each day the relationship growing within the players and the connection. Whenever your players are out it makes it that bit more difficult, but you need to find the solutions in different ways. That’s what we’ve been trying to do and gradually as each day goes by, I sense and feel we are getting better.
“With Daniel out, of course it’s a miss, but it’s an opportunity. The other night we gave an opportunity to players who haven’t featured so much and they were outstanding.
“Fabio Borini was excellent, a real threat. He put in a wonderful cross for the first goal and did very, very well. Lucas Leiva, who hasn’t played much, came in and was excellent alongside Jordan Henderson.
“Rickie Lambert, who hasn’t had many opportunities, his goals will come. He’s working tirelessly every day and had some nice touches the other night. Young Markovic playing on the left hasn’t featured so much, but we brought him in for the longer term. He’ll get games in this period because we’ve got confidence he’ll be a big player for us.
“Those players will get a chance and hopefully they can take that chance.”