Brendan Rodgers gives Daniel Sturridge fitness update

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Daniel Sturridge missed Saturday's Merseyside derby against Everton, so will he be available for the Champions League trip to Basel?

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says there wasn't really any chance striker Daniel Sturridge was going to be ready for Sunday's Merseyside derby.

The Reds played out a 1-1 draw with Everton on Saturday lunchtime with the Reds denied the win by a stunning strike from Phil Jagielka.

A bit of cutting edge was perhaps lacking for the Reds as they tried to see the game after Steven Gerrard gave them the lead midway through the second half.

Sturridge picked up an injury on international duty which angered the Liverpool manager - and it was thought he may have been fit enough for Saturday's derby. Now the Reds' boss is unsure if he will be available for the midweek clash with Basel in Switzerland on Wednesday.

He's quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “He wasn’t really close for this game. We needed to see if he could train on the Friday, but I got the message on the Thursday night that he would struggle, so he wasn’t really close to playing.

“I’ll see how he is (for Basel). He wasn’t far away for Everton, but he certainly wasn’t fit enough to be on the bench.”

If he doesn't make Liverpool's crucial Champions League game, the forward may only be fit enough to face West Bromwich Albion. That would make him available for the forthcoming England internationals which take place in two weeks' time. 

As a result, there could be the temptation from Liverpool for him not to play against the Baggies at the weekend given the fallout of what happened with Sturridge the last time he was on international duty. The last thing that both the player and the club would need or want, is for him to return with another injury. 

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