Sturridge to be assessed ahead of QPR trip as several Liverpool players return

Brendan Rodgers addressed the media ahead of Liverpool's trip to Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League on Sunday

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said they will wait and see over the fitness of Daniel Sturridge ahead of Sunday's trip to Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.

Sturridge has not played for his club since the end of August after he picked up a thigh injury on international duty with England, but Rodgers is hopeful over the fitness of Dejan Lovren.

Emre Can and Joe Allen have returned to training as has Lazar Markovic after there were concerns of fitness when the Serbian winger was on international duty.

But Rodgers said they will assess the fitness of their leading striker over the next day or so.

He told reporters: "He's a top class talent and he'll be looking forward to getting back.

"He's an excellent player that not only creates space for himself, but creates space for others.

"He's been out a long time, nearly six weeks. I must give credit to our medical team here, we had eight players injured, six of those were down to the international break, Daniel has obviously been one of the longer term with that and he's working tirelessly with them."

As a result, there is the chance that Sturridge may not start Sunday's game at Loftus Road and may be held back for Wednesday's crucial Champions League clash with Real Madrid, though the Liverpool manager has insisted this Sunday's clash with Harry Redknapp's side is at the forefront of their minds.

The Reds could do with a win to build on their victory over West Bromwich Albion last time out as they try and put a stuttering start to the season behind them, but Rodgers isn't concerned with their position at the moment.

He added: "We'll look at it [the league table] after 10 games and see where we're at. If Phil Jagielka doesn't score a 'worldy' goal we're two points better off and in the top four."

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