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Rodgers: Liverpool striker could return against West Ham

Daniel Sturridge could return for Liverpool. Credit: PA

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will wait until Friday before deciding whether to give Daniel Sturridge his comeback in Saturday's Barclays Premier League game at West Ham.

"He has looked outstanding in training, but we will give him another day (before deciding whether to play him)," the Reds boss told a press conference.

"I will have a chat with him (on Friday) and overview the week, how everything has gone, but in my brief conversation with him (on Thursday) I can tell he is happy and feeling very strong in his own body.

"At this moment, he looks in top-class condition."

Sturridge has been out since suffering a thigh injury on international duty last September.

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Liverpool boss looking forward to Chelsea challenge

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is excited about the prospect of testing himself against Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

Rodgers, who worked under the Portuguese manager at Chelsea, will face his former boss in the League Cup second-leg at Stamford Bridge, with the tie currently even at 1-1.

Brendan Rodgers has a long-standing relationship with Jose Mourinho. Credit: PA

"I always say it is about the teams on the field but knowing him, and how Jose works and how competitive he is, I really enjoy the challenge,"

"The game last week was fantastic, it was a top-level game. We were at a really good level.

"Jose's record speaks for itself. He is a world-class manager and will always have that competitive edge. Your teams have to be at the maximum to get a result.

"We respect the opponent but we have got nothing to fear in the game. We are a team that is in a good moment. We are playing well, working well. We know we can go there and win."

Liverpool boss: Sturridge looks back to normal

Brendan Rodgers has praised Daniel Sturridge after the Liverpool striker returned to training.

The former Chelsea striker has been out for five months after suffering an injury on international duty.

Rodgers is expected to leave the decision whether Sturridge will be part of Liverpool's League Cup semi-final squad late on after reviewing his fitness.

Daniel Sturridge is back in training. Credit: PA

"He had a training session with the team yesterday and he trained very, very well. It was as comfortable as he's looked, even when he was coming back before - he was maybe a little bit tentative. I thought yesterday he looked back to normal." Rodgers said.

"We won't risk it, that's for sure. He's been out for a long time, so we just need to make sure he is ready and feels ready, which is important, to come and contribute.

"I don't think he'll be 100 per cent when he comes back, that will only come when he's got his game time once he gets playing games."

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