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Video: Brendan Rodgers’ pre-Sion press conference — We must not “break” Sturridge

Watch Brendan Rodgers’ pre-match press conference ahead of Liverpool vs. FC Sion on Thursday night in the Europa League.

Video: BBC Sport (YouTube)

The Reds go into the match having drawn 1-1 with Bordeaux in their opening Europa League game of the campaign, and Rodgers will be hoping for more goals from his side after they put three past Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday.

Stand-in captain James Milner scored the Reds opener, before two great finishes from Daniel Sturridge helped Liverpool to a much-needed 3-2 victory.

However, speaking to the press at Anfield ahead of Thursday’s game against Sion, Rodgers confirmed Sturridge will not face the Swiss side, instead resting him ahead of Sunday’s Merseyside derby at Everton.

“We have seen from the game at the weekend he is still building his way towards full fitness,” said Rodgers.

“With every individual player you have to assess and analyse where they are physically.

“Daniel has worked very hard and has come back ahead of schedule but we just have to make sure we don’t break him at this stage.

“He won’t be involved in the game, which will keep him fresh and help work towards his fitness for the weekend.”

Liverpool vs FC Sion gets underway at 8.05pm (UK) on Thursday night and is live on BT Sport.

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