Liverpool morning news, 'Sterling was hung out to dry', Rush on Sturridge's return

A selection of the latest stories involving Liverpool Football Club this Friday morning.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has angrily hit back at claims that Raheem Sterling was left out of the starting line-up of England's Euro 2016 qualifier against Estonia because of tiredness. 

Rodgers says that it was purely a managerial decision by England boss Roy Hodgson, saying that 19-year-old Sterling has been hung out to dry.

In an interview with The Independent, Rodgers also denies sending dossiers to the FA about Sterling and Daniel Sturridge - who returned from the last international break with a thigh injury, something which Rodgers claimed was 'avoidable'.

He said: “I’m fed up reading about this club v country row, claims we intervened and put pressure on Roy Hodgson.

“I’ve read we sent dossiers to the FA [Football Association] on Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge and I’m having showdown talks with Roy Hodgson on Sunday and all sorts of rubbish. The decision not to play him was a managerial decision. I haven’t said a single word but have to say I have never seen such rubbish written over the last few days.

“At no point did Raheem Sterling say he didn’t want to play for England. The boy is being hung out to dry and I dare say the criticism will continue for a few more weeks to come because of this.”

Liverpool's record goalscorer Ian Rush has said this is a period that could make or break the Reds' season, and that Daniel Sturridge's return to fitness is a welcome one, with a run of seven fixtures in the space of 21 days coming up.

Liverpool travel to Loftus Road to take on QPR on Sunday before they face Real Madrid at Anfield on Wednesday, and after an indifferent start to the campaign, Rush says Sturridge's return is a timely one.

He told the Liverpool Echo: “It’s good timing as after an indifferent start this is a crucial stage of the season. We need to start climbing the table, starting with QPR on Sunday, and we’ve got those big European games coming up.

“This run of seven matches could make or break our season, and having Daniel back will certainly help.”

There has been plenty of debate surrounding whether Liverpool should recall Divock Origi back from his loan spell from Lille, but the Daily Mail has indicated that won't be possible in the January window.

The Reds signed the Belgian teenager in the summer for a fee that could reach £10 million, but had to loan him back to the Ligue 1 club as part of the deal.

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