Sturridge back in training

The England striker has been out of action with a thigh injury since August and spent part of his recupperation time in America with the Boston Red Sox over Christmas.

“Daniel Sturridge is back and working well but obviously not ready to??play as of yet,” said Rodgers. “But he is working well and hopefully in the near future he’ll be ready.

“Time will tell (when he can return). We just want him fit and there is no timeline on that.??He is working hard and he’s back into the final stages of his rehab here at the??club.”

And Rodgers has ruled out a transfer window move for Mario Balotelli, who has scored just twice – in the League Cup and Champions League – this season following his big-money move last summer.

Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini, who had Balotelli in his charge during his time at the Etihad, had claimed the Italian was in serious danger of ???wasting his career”, but Rodgers insists the club are working hard to get the striker back among the goals.

He said: “Roberto knows him very well, I think he said that ‘if you work with??Mario you should be paid double’. I’ve seen that so I would agree with that definitely. I??will take that on board and speak to the owners on that.

“Mario is a good guy, he has come into here and hasn’t scored the goals that??he or we would have wanted, but we are determined to help him find the??solution here. So he certainly won’t be going anywhere in January.”??