Brendan Rodgers believes the return to fitness of Daniel Sturridge is playing a big part in Liverpool’s recent run of good form.
Sturridge has made five appearances for the Reds since his return from five months on the sidelines, and scored his second goal since his return during yesterday’s 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
The Reds came back from 1-0 down in south London to book a place in the last eight of the FA Cup, with Sturridge volleying his side level after 49 minutes.
Adam Lallana went on to fire a winner just nine minutes later, and Rodgers was eager to praise the impact of the England striker since his return.
“Daniel coming back has given us a big boost,” said Rodgers.
“You can see his qualities – his speed, his touch and he doesn’t need too many chances to score.
“The team is functioning at a high level.”
The game represented a tricky fixture for the Reds, given the manner in which they suffered a 3-1 defeat at Selhurst Park in November.
The result that day left the Reds just four points above the relegation zone, but in that time Brendan Rodgers has seen his side lose just twice in 22 appearances in all competitions.
“Since that loss the players’ response has been magnificent and the character shown incredible,” added Rodgers.
“It wasn’t a good feeling the last time we were at Selhurst Park. We were at a real low point with players trying to adapt to the expectations that had been put on them.
“We had key players out so we had to get them playing with the intensity we have had over the last two years. That loss was a real adverse moment for us and from that the team has got better.”