Date: 3rd March 2015 at 3:47pm
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Brendan Rodgers believes Daniel Sturridge is close to rediscovering his best form and playing a key part in the run in between now and the end of the season.

The Reds striker missed five months of the season through injury, and only returned to action against West Ham in late January.

Rodgers has been managing Sturridge carefully since his return, with the England international starting the last two Premier League matches on the bench.

But the Liverpool boss insists the 25-year-old will have a major part to play between now and the end of the season.

“Daniel is not fully fit yet and it is difficult for him because these are not training games for him to get fit,” Rodgers said.

“He’s excited by the new system. Put a fully fit Daniel Sturridge into that system and it lights it up again.

“Come the end of this week Daniel be on a great run and able to play every game and be able to train.

“He wasn’t quite ready for the Premier League so then we were trying to fit him in in games.

“The Europa League was a great chance to get some game time into him, but after five months out and with his history here that was something we had to think of.

“The last thing we wanted to do was break him. He felt good on Sunday on the back of playing Thursday. He’s very determined to play and when you see a fully fit Daniel, he will be brilliant.”