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Sturridge set to return against Hull

November 29, 2013
By Mike Whalley

Daniel Sturridge is on course for a recall to Liverpool's starting line-up after impressing manager Brendan Rodgers with his response to being dropped.

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PA PhotosDaniel Sturridge came off the bench to make it 3-3 at Goodison Park.

England striker Sturridge started on the bench for last Saturday's Merseyside derby after struggling to convince Rodgers that he was fit enough. The manager express concern in the build-up to the clash with Everton that Sturridge had played a full 90 minutes for England in a 1-0 friendly defeat against Germany despite having struggled with a thigh problem.

The 24-year-old responded by coming on as a substitute to score a late equaliser in a 3-3 draw at Goodison Park, and is set to play from the start in the Premier League at Hull on Sunday.

Rodgers said: "Daniel's certainly trained very hard this week. We've got another day to go to prepare and we'll see where all the players are at. I like to give all the players every chance to show that they can be in the team. He's worked exceptionally well, and when he does that, his qualities are there for everyone to see."

Asking if he was pleased with the way Sturridge responded, Rodgers added: "I think that's what good players do. Players will react differently. Some players, when they're not in the team, will shrivel and die. They have no fight.

"But the top players, when they're fighting for a place, show you every single day what they can do. And that's been the case with Daniel this week. He's been really determined, strong and aggressive, and looks ready for the weekend."

Rodgers, meanwhile, insists he has no concerns over Victor Moses' attitude after the winger declared that he needed more game time. Moses has started only five league matches since arriving on a season's loan from Chelsea, and told the Daily Mirror on Thursday: "I've always gone to places for the football - places where I'm going to play. By playing, you learn."

Rodgers, though, is adamant that Moses, 21, is content at Liverpool. He said: "The boy's been really happy here. Of course he wants to play. But the team have been doing very well, and the change in the structure of the team meant him coming out.

"Victor's a talent. He's very happy to be here, to be in the squad. He's a real good guy and wants to improve. I communicate with him regularly, which is why I know any headlines written about him were probably false.

"It's very unfair on him because he's never said a bad word about Liverpool since he's been here. He and all the other players have every opportunity to play, because I assess them in training and pick the team from that."


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