By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Brendan Rodgers has claimed that nine out of 10 players with Daniel Sturridge’s injury record would be sold.
But the former Liverpool manager says the Merseysiders should not offload the striker despite his history of missing so many matches.
Sturridge has been dogged by an array of ailments over the past 18 months and has missed the Merseysiders’ past 13 matches due to a hamstring strain he suffered against Newcastle United.
Rodgers says Liverpool should not give up on the England international because of his match-winning ability.
“What’s so frustrating is that he is a genuine world-class player,” Rodgers told the talkSPORT breakfast show on Wednesday morning. “Nine out of 10 players you would maybe sell. But because of his talent you don’t.
“That quartet of him, Luis [Suarez], Raheem [Sterling] and [Philippe] Coutinho – the front four – was incredible. You saw in the Aston Villa game he’s the player who makes the difference.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hinted that Sturridge’s injury problems are partly in the striker’s head.
Asked by talkSport host Alan Brazil if the player’s issues were in his head or because of a fragile body, Rodgers said: “It seems the last couple of years it’s been very tough, one thing after another with injuries.
“He wants to play but it’s difficult for him to get a run of games, not just that, a run of traing. If Daniel does that and gets seven to 10 days training in a row you can put him into the games and know he’s not going to break down.
“As you know from when you played, there are players who are injured more than most. There are some who are robust.”