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Liverpool - Rodgers on Sturridge fitness and winning Manager of the Month award

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said the club will know more over the next couple of days as to whether striker Daniel Sturridge will be fit enough to face Swansea on Monday.

The striker suffered a thigh strain against Manchester United two weeks ago.

Rodgers said that if the game were to take place on a Saturday, the player of the month for August will have struggled to make the game. He also said that the issue surrounding his fitness won’t be turned into a club versus country row.

When asked questions in his press conference ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Swansea on Monday, Rodgers said: 'We’ll know more so in the next couple of days.

He was obviously disappointed to miss out on the England games and I felt for him because he came here first and foremost to do as well as he possibly can for Liverpool knowing that if he could do well, his aim was obviously to be the England striker.

'I think he’s shown in his career that when given an opportunity that he’s a natural goalscorer. I just think looking at him, he’s 24 years of age, he’s got all the things to his game that can lead him to be a top, top striker'.

Rodgers said he was honoured to be picking up the Premier League Manager of the Month award but said he couldn’t have won it without the players performing on the field.

'It’s very much a collective effort here. The players have been outstanding. Since they came back in that first day of pre-season they’ve reclaimed that mentality very quickly from last year and right the way through pre-season and into the beginning of the season they’ve been outstanding.

'It’s been a good start but we can be better, I think we’ve shown in all three of our games at certain stages the qualities that we want from our teams, the quality of our football has been good in parts and that sort of commitment and passion and desire to win games'.

Striker Sturridge has also received recognition for his outstanding start to the season by picking up his first Player of the Month award for August, a month which has seen him score all three of Liverpool’s goals at the start of the Premier League season.

Rodgers wouldn’t be drawn on whether any of Liverpool’s new signings will start on Monday night, but he did say they will play a part. Rodgers did, however, confirm that Joe Allen and Kolo Toure will be available for selection after recovering from injury.

The Liverpool manager spoke a lot about Victor Moses. He said: 'It’s a unique opportunity for him, he’s leaving a very good club that’s been successful and he’s coming to one of the biggest clubs in the world'.

Rodgers said the side will miss Glen Johnson and described him as a player ‘you take for granted’ after he made a good start to the season.

'It’s (the injury) a disappointment, he’ll probably only miss four premier league games. You never realise how much you miss him until he’s not there'.

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