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Daniel Sturridge has had a difficult season, says Brendan Rodgers

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Daniel Sturridge was the talking point after Liverpool disappointing 3-1 defeat to Swansea.

The striker was seen leaving the pitch immediately after the final whistle, being accused of not thanking the travelling supporters.

Sturridge was an unused substitute during Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat against Villarreal last week, but played the entire match against the Welsh side.

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However, despite the 26-year-old playing a rare 90 minutes, he was fairly anonymous and he attempted to impress Jurgen Klopp ahead of the second-leg at Anfield this week.

Since the German arrived on Merseyside in October, Sturridge’s first-team appearances have been very limited. Klopp has used him sparingly, not wanting his forward to suffer a repeat of his injuries.

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He’s been limited to just 12 Premier League appearances this season - although he has managed an impressive eight goals.

The lack of football has clearly frustrated Sturridge with him showing his displeasure every time he’s substituted.

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One man that knows the player very well is his former manager Brendan Rodgers.

Rodgers signed Sturridge for Liverpool back in 2013 for £12 million and admitted that he’s had a disappointing campaign.

"It's been difficult for Daniel because he's been injured a lot, and other players have come in and have done very, very well," Rodgers told Sky Sports.

"Jurgen, as it is for any manager, has to manage the squad the best you possibly can to get the results and it's about the team you can put together."

Whilst Rodgers was in charge, Sturridge managed 24 goals in 33 appearances during the 2013/14 season in a relatively injury-free campaign.

However, Klopp doesn’t appear to trust him as much with their relationship seemingly strained.

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