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Monday 20 August 2018

Rodgers critical of Sturridge injury

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"Those are the types of things that can happen in a game and are unfortunate," said Rodgers.

"But in Daniel's situation he is a fast and dynamic player and his recovery, like every player here, is individualised.

"The disappointment for us it would have been a recovery day (not training) for him so for him to pick up a thigh injury when he did was something which was disappointing for us.

"Those types of players you have to recover individually, you can't just throw a blanket over them and think one recovery fits everyone because it doesn't.

"Players are different types. When we had Luis Suarez here on an active recovery second day he would have needed to do some extra work and that made him available and we were happy with that.

"Other players needed different types (of recovery). It is about the individual.

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"Hopefully we can communicate in the future more because it is about maximising the player's ability to play."

Rodgers (above) did not directly apportion blame to Hodgson as he believed the England manager's backroom team probably had a significant input.

However, it is not the first time he has been unhappy with the national team's treatment of Sturridge.

Last November Hodgson argued he was "testing the resolve" of the striker by playing him for 90 minutes in a friendly defeat to Germany, despite the player having complained of a thigh problem that had already forced him to miss World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine two months earlier.

When Sturridge returned to his club he was left out of the starting line-up for the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park five days later only to come off the bench to score a late equaliser.

Rodgers hopes, however, he can maintain a good relationship with Hodgson and other national team bosses.

"I think there is good communication. I haven't spoken to Roy about this case since the guys returned but I speak regularly with him and the other international managers," he added.

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