Ex-Liverpool star Michael Owen on Brendan Rodgers and Daniel Sturridge

Michael Owen speaks highly of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and is happy to see Daniel Sturridge score on his comeback against West Ham United.

Michael Owen has been singing the praises of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers on Sportlobster.com.

Rodgers had come under pressure earlier this season due to the Reds’ poor run of results, but things are back on the up again.

On Saturday, Liverpool won their third Premier League game in a row when they eased past West Ham United 2-0 at home.

Raheem Sterling broke the deadlock at Anfield in the 51st minute, and Daniel Sturridge announced his comeback from a long-term injury with the Merseyside outfit’s second 10 minutes from time.

The win has lifted Liverpool up to seventh in the Premier League table with 38 points from 23 matches, leading Owen to laud Rodgers and hail the return of England international striker Sturridge.

“So happy for Sturridge,” former Liverpool striker Owen wrote on Sportlobster.com. “A goal on his return. The lad deserves an injury free run now.

“Liverpool have plenty to look forward to this season. The way Rodgers has tweaked things to turn it round has been top class. Always thought the calls for his head a couple of months ago were ridiculous.”

Liverpool’s turnaround in fortunes since December has indeed been very encouraging, and Rodgers needs to be given due credit.

The Northern Irishman has been bold enough to drop some big-name players from the team from time to time, including striker Mario Balotelli and goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

Rodgers has also managed to deploy winger Sterling as a centre-forward with success, and the return to full fitness of Sturridge is only going to be beneficial for the team for the rest of the season.

Although many Liverpool fans will be disappointed that the team could not challenge for the Premier League title this campaign, they should still be positive about the side’s chances of a top-four finish.

With Sturridge back with a bang, the defence looking (relatively) strong and Sterling firing on all cylinders, Liverpool can certainly end up in the top four for the second season in a row.

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