Liverpool morning news, Rodgers on Sturridge concern, comments on Balotelli

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

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said that Daniel Sturridge will be unable to fulfil his true potential and become a top class striker if injuries continue to plague him.

Sturridge has made just the three appearances for the Reds so far this season having suffered from a thigh injury on international duty, and then picked up a calf problem when he was due to return to the side.

He's quoted in the Daily Express, saying: "It doesn't matter about potential. You have to play. When Daniel comes back into the team, you will see the confidence because of the movement and the dynamic.

"But he isn't fit and he hasn't been for a long time. We just have to work without him and, while we are doing that stay up and around the top end of the table."

The Reds are currently three points behind Manchester City who sit in third place, with the Reds currently sitting seventh after a frustrating 0-0 draw against Hull City where Mario Balotelli's goalscoring struggles continued, despite the Italian having a couple of chances to win the game for the Reds.

Rodgers is quoted in the Guardian, saying: "The ball just didn’t fall for him. But Mario will get all the support he needs at this club. That is what happens at Liverpool. The people here back every new player. You don’t have any excuses."

Hull City manager Steve Bruce compared Balotelli to a former teammate of his at Manchester United in Eric Cantona, and has sympathy for the criticism the Italian has received.

He's quoted in the Daily Telegraph, saying: “When you sign someone like Mario, you understand, a bit like me taking Hatem Ben Arfa, there’s a lot of nonsense written about them. You take them, and the one thing they ain’t going to do is change."

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