Video: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers defends Daniel Sturridge
Brendan Rodgers has defended Daniel Sturridge after it emerged that he will play in Liverpool’s match against Swansea on Monday evening despite having missed England’s recent World Cup qualifiers.
The Reds boss said it was medical experts, not the player himself, who ruled him out of the games against Moldova and Ukraine.
Rodgers said: “He was obviously disappointed to miss out on the England games. And I felt for him because he came here first and foremost to obviously to do as well as he can possibly can for Liverpool knowing that if he could do well then his aim was obviously to be the England striker.
“And unfortunately for him, and it was the medical experts that made the decision, it wasn’t Daniel Sturridge, he left the game against Manchester United injured. He has gone away and the great medical staff that they have at England and the experts that they have there obviously deemed him not quite fit enough for the first game.
“He returned back and there was a slight improvement but obviously Roy [Hodgson] and his staff have got to make a decision. Is he going to right? Is he going to be available? And obviously at that stage he wasn’t but by the time we play on Monday it will be nearly two weeks [since the injury was sustained].”