Daniel Sturridge may have returned to full training earlier in the week, but despite the media tipping him for a return to action when Liverpool travel to old Trafford tomorrow, the short trip up the M-62 has come too soon for the 25-year old with Reds boss Brendan Rodgers once again refusing to put a timeline on just when he’ll be back and firing for the Anfield outfit.
“He looked really, really sharp in training yesterday – probably the best he’s actually looked fitness-wise in about 18 months. It’s going to be really good when he gets back, but I don’t really want to put a timeline on that,” explained the Northern Irishman. I’m grateful for our own medical team who have done a brilliant job in collaborating with them and doing everything they possibly could to give Daniel the opportunity to get back to a level of fitness,” continued the manager. “He’s worked hard, he’s joined in with the group and now we’ll see. We’ll just take it from there, day by day.”
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With Sturridge out of the trip to Old Trafford, Liverpool will have to find goals elsewhere — something that may not be easy with the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana and captain Jordan Henderson sidelined as well. Although they’ve got players that know how to find the net, the team is still gelling with new boys Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke still trying to find their feet — though the boss remains confident that our output is only going to get better.
“It will increase and improve as the team improves over the course of the season. We’ve created chances to have scored more goals than we have,” said Rodgers. “That’s always the primary objective you’re looking at. We obviously didn’t create anywhere near as much in the West Ham game, where we disappointed,” conceded the Reds boss. “But I know with the players that we have that they’ll get better and improve as the season goes on.”