A selection of the latest stories involving Liverpool Football Club this Friday morning.
Rodgers is targeting a Merseyside derby return for his main forward when Liverpool take on Everton at Anfield next week. Sturridge will miss the trip to Upton Park to take on West Ham United tomorrow, and the League Cup tie against Middlesbrough on Tuesday.
The Liverpool boss is quoted in the Daily Mirror, saying: “We wouldn’t rush him back because of one game. Unless he’s fit enough to produce for us then I wouldn’t rush it.
“He does have a chance for the derby, yes. It’s just how the injury has responded and he’s working well but we’ll know more early next week. He’s out on the field and he’ll be back in full training at the beginning of next week.”
Midfielder Joe Allen is out for three weeks following the knee injury he sustained on international duty with Wales but Martin Skrtel is available for tomorrow's trip to West Ham according to the Daily Telegraph.
Rodgers is also quoted in the Liverpool Echo calling for calm after the Reds stuttering start to the season which has seen his side pick up two wins and two losses from their opening four games of the league campaign.
He said: “There’s no doubt it is a challenge and I think everyone connected with the game will understand that.
“The key message is to stay calm. There is no magic formula. This is a group which will develop and improve. I see big potential in the players here."