Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has insisted that he doesn't want to be eased back after missing the first half of the season with a torn thigh muscle, reports Goal.com.
Sturridge has been used sparingly by Reds chief Brendan Rodgers since returning from the injury earlier this year, however the England international has insisted that he feels fit enough to play in every game.
The striker, of course, was handed a starting role at Anfield last night as the Reds picked up a two nil victory over Premier League strugglers Burnley, and he rewarded the faith shown in him by netting the second goal of the evening.
In fact, it was the player's first Premier League goal since January 31, however he's insisted that he's feeling good and ready to play on a consistent basis.
Speaking to reporters, the forward said: "I feel good, I have felt really good since I came back and I am ready to play every game.
"I don't want to be eased in but I suppose that is what the manager wants."
On a number of occasions over the past few months, the Reds chief has opted to start versatile forward Raheem Sterling ahead of Sturridge in attack, but that may well change as we approach the business end of the season.
For now, though, Rodgers seems to be handling everything thrown at him with perfection as his side are on a fantastic run in the Premier League. After a dismal start to the campaign, the Merseyside outfit are now just two points behind rivals Manchester United, who occupy the final Champions League place.
In fact, the Reds play host to Louis van Gaal's side on March 22 in what proves to be a huge game in the race to secure elite European football.
Rodgers deserves credit
Sturridge may not like it, but you have to give Rodgers credit for the way he is handling his star man. Time-and-time again we've seen players rushed back in recent years, which has ultimately disrupted their progress in the game.
At just 25, the former Chelsea forward has more than enough time to play week in, week out, so will only thrive in years to come. And, with Sterling proving a strong option in attack, there's no point risking the England man too much.
There will come a point, though, that he looks to play the striker on a regular basis, and that may well come soon.
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