Rodgers delivers latest Liverpool injury update ahead of Everton derby

Brendan Rodgers refuses to confirm whether Daniel Sturridge will start Merseyside derby

Brendan Rodgers has refused to confirm whether Daniel Sturridge will start Saturday’s Merseyside derby.

The Liverpool manager has been easing the 25-year-old back into first-team action after Sturridge made his comeback from an injury-hit five months against West Ham United last Saturday.

Sturridge scored within minutes of his introduction against the Hammers, and the Reds forward was a second-half substitute as Rodgers’ side came from behind to win 2-1 against Bolton in the FA Cup fourth-round replay last night.

Speaking at his pre-match media conference on Thursday ahead of Liverpool’s short trip to Goodison Park on Saturday evening, Rodgers was tight-lipped on the prospect of Sturridge making his first start since August.

“Every player wants to play, not just Daniel,” said Rodgers. “You go into each game and every player that gets paid here at the football club wants to play.

“Daniel is coming along very well. It’s not that he won’t start, [but] we need to analyse that over the next couple of days. We shall see.”

Sturridge has scored one goal in three Premier League appearances this season, but the Liverpool star hasn’t started a game since a 3-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in August.

The former Manchester City striker has scored an impressive 31 goals in 42 Premier League appearances following his £12m switch to Liverpool from bitter rivals Chelsea in January 2013.

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