Brendan Rodgers on perspective, Liverpool's development and mistakes

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has addressed the media ahead of Sunday's Merseyside derby with Everton at Goodison Park.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Daniel Sturridge will return to the side after missing Thursday night's draw with Sion in the Europa League, with the Reds boss saying he's fit and 'looking forward' to the game at the weekend. 

Christian Benteke remains a doubt for the fixture, with Rodgers expecting to work with pretty much the same squad that beat Aston Villa last weekend. 

The Liverpool boss remains positive despite the midweek setback, though the side that plays on Sunday is likely to have a very different look to it.

He told reporters, as covered by the Liverpool Echo: "I'm looking forward to seeing continuation of team developing well. It's evolving and we're creating clear cut chances, whether it's home and away. We're back in the flow, and we now need to make sure we take those chances.

"We'll go there with confidence to create chances and score goals."

After last weekend's win over Aston Villa, there was a chance to build momentum when they took on Sion on Thursday, but the Reds put in a poor display. Despite that, they created several chances and really ought to have won the game, but could only come away with a 1-1 draw.

Rodgers added: "It's two-fold. We're getting punished for mistakes. It's about cutting them out.

"We had seven clear cut chances last night, and we got punished for one defensive mistake.

"We need to improve that. But we go into the game with confidence."

He added that he could understand the frustration of fans who booed the team off at the end of a disappointing draw, but has stressed it is still early days and feels confident that the best is yet to come from his side.

There has been much talk ahead of the game as to who are the favourites, as Everton have put in some positive performances and are currently sitting a point ahead of the Reds in the Premier League standings - but Rodgers has said that he is happy to have the favourites tag bestowed upon his side. 

He said: "We will always take the favourites tag. At Liverpool that's what you want. We're happy to take the favourites tag. We are Liverpool and we expect to work like that.

"Everton have done well. They are a point ahead of us. They've had a good start and we've had a disaster!"

He also pointed out that Liverpool are only a couple of points off the top four, and five off the summit, saying that there is a long way to go in the season.

"My worry and ambition is always the success of the club. I've always been clear that as manager you will always have critics, and sometimes the level of that increases. I also know there's a lot of great support out there, which wants the team to do well," he added.

"It's about perspective. It's still very early. We're a couple of points off where we want to be, five points off the top with a lot of improvement left to come."

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