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Rodgers backs Sturridge return

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has recognised the importance of striker Daniel Sturridge returning to fitness in time for the new season.

Last Updated: 06/08/13 at 09:48 Post Comment

Daniel Sturridge: Returning from an ankle injury picked up on England duty

Daniel Sturridge: Returning from an ankle injury picked up on England duty

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The 23-year old has been sidelined throughout the summer due to an ankle injury picked up in England's friendly against the Republic of Ireland in May, having netted 11 times for the Reds since joining in January.

Liverpool are without fellow striker Luis Suarez for their opening six games through suspension, and Rodgers says he is pleased to have Sturridge amongst his striking options.

"Thankfully Daniel had his first training session (on Monday) with the team and I thought he looked very sharp," he said in The Times.

"He obviously had an injury at the end of the season which set him back, but he's worked very hard along with the medical guys who have done a great job with him.

"He's played no part in the pre-season so you put him in at the top end of the field with his pace, power and his quality and we are able to add something more to the group as well.

"So it all bodes well for us for the beginning of the season and sets us up nice and solid and exciting for the first game."

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