Rodgers: Return of Daniel Sturridge is 'critical' for team

Brendan Rodgers has described the importance of having Daniel Sturridge back in his side.

Brendan Rodgers has explained to the Liverpool website why the return of Daniel Sturridge will be ‘critical’ to the team.

Sturridge has been out of action since last year with a thigh problem, which has put the other strikers at the club under pressure.

Rodgers has suggested that club won’t rush him back in any way, shape or form but has stressed what it would mean to have a fit and healthy Sturridge back in the match day squad.

“He proved that last year when he came back without much of a pre-season and did very well. But there's match fitness, football fitness, so it will take a bit of time,” said Rodgers.

“Just having him on the field to begin with will be critical to the team because I think his threat is obvious. It's the only way we will get him back up to speed.”

Taking time to make sure he comes back properly is a very sensible approach.

It’s a temptation for any manager to rush a key player back into the team, with the obvious danger of making a problem worse if a player comes back prematurely.

On the subject of his threat, it is obvious.

Only his former Liverpool teammate Luis Suarez scored more Premier League goals than Sturridge last season, which shows how consistent he can be when he’s leading the attack of the team.

The other reason his return will be ‘critical’ to the team is also because of the boost it will provide other players.

Liverpool haven’t always looked mentally positive this season and having Sturridge back eases the pressure on the attack slightly and he’s an inspirational figure if he can start playing well.

Easing him back in at the right moment should allow him to have a big impact on the final part of the season, which could be crucial for the Reds.

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