Brendan Rodgers gives Daniel Sturridge injury update

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers addressed the media ahead of Saturday's Merseyside derby against Everton at Anfield.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is hopeful Daniel Sturridge will be fit for the Merseyside derby on Saturday lunchtime.

However, a report from the Liverpool Echo says he has yet to resume full training, and is running out of time to prove his fitness for the derby.

The striker suffered a thigh injury whilst on international duty, and if he makes progress over the next 48 hours the best he is said to hope for is a place on the bench, according to the report.

Rodgers said at his press conference previewing Saturday's game: "He's a player out on the field who's working. If he doesn't make it, he won't be far off.

"There's still a couple of days to go yet before the game. He certainly won't be match fit but it'll be great to have him back."

Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson are set to return to action after missing the midweek League Cup tie against Middlesbrough with groin and hip problems respectively, but Glen Johnson has yet to recover from a thigh injury - whilst Joe Allen and Emre Can are still sidelined.

Rodgers is wary of the threat that Roberto Martinez's side possesses ahead of this fixture despite having an indifferent start themselves, and reflected on last season's derby at Anfield, where Liverpool ran out 4-0 winners.

"The performance at Anfield last season was really special. Everton were in really good form.

"We were exceptional in the game. Our performance, our counter-attack, our finishing was fantastic.

"It's a real special game between two football clubs."

Rodgers is aware that his side needs to improve their performance level, but thinks that when several players return from injury then things could start to pick up.

"It would've been much better for us if we had the squad together. that's what hurt us.

"I'll be looking forward to the next international break when I hopefully have the squad back together."

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