Liverpool vs Everton team news: Brendan Rodgers says he will give Daniel Sturridge 'every chance' to feature in Merseyside derby

Striker has been out since early September with a thigh injury

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has refused to rule out Daniel Sturridge for the Merseyside derby against Everton on Saturday.

The striker has been out of action since early September after suffering a thigh injury away on international duty for England.

He has missed the club's last four matches in all competitions.

Rodgers says he is going to give Sturridge "every chance" to return for the match at Anfield.

"We've got a number of injuries that we're just going to give every chance to. Obviously the game is 48 hours away," Rodgers told Liverpool's official website today.

"[Sturridge] is a player who is out on the field working. Daniel and a number of others we'll assess nearer the time. If he doesn't make it, then he won't be far off after that.

"He is someone that responds well to treatment and it's gone well - he's out on the field. There's still a couple of days to go yet before the game. The most important thing is that he is nearer to fitness.

 

"He certainly won't be match fit - he hasn't played for a few weeks. But it would be great to have him back because he's a wonderful player for us.

"He's a great reference for our team at the top of the field. His pace and movement and quality that we saw the last time he played for us, against Tottenham. He was exceptional.

"We'll be very happy to have him back and we hope that can be this weekend. But we'll assess over the next couple of days."

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