LIVERPOOL (AFP) – Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has cautioned about placing too much expectation on Daniel Sturridge following his goalscoring return to action in a 2-0 win at home to West Ham.
After Raheem Sterling put Liverpool ahead, second-half substitute Sturridge doubled the Merseysiders’ lead after five months out with thigh and calf injuries.
Despite that absence, the England international showed no signs of rustiness as he produced a clinical finish to score just 13 minutes after coming on to the pitch at Anfield.
But Rodgers urged fans to be patient with the 25-year-old forward, even though Sturridge finished off the kind of chance Liverpool’s goal-shy strikers have missed all season.
“It was nice for him and he’s been out for a long time,” Rodgers said.
“It’s about managing his game time. When he’s in that area he’s shown for us over a couple of years here that he is lethal.
“Daniel is a top-class player, he has shown that in his career so far. He worked very hard and the first opportunity that came his way he took.
“It was a great first touch and a wonderful finish. I’m delighted for him. You can see it is now just about managing his game-time and introduction into the team.”