Brendan Rodgers has identified a key reason behind Liverpool's failure to secure a top 4 spot and a trophy last season.
Speaking this week, the Liverpool boss revealed that the absence of striker Daniel Sturridge with injury over the last 16 months cost the Reds their Champions League spot last season. After picking up a thigh injury while on England duty last summer, Sturridge had an injury plagued season which kept him out of action for most of the campaign.
After missing the first five games of this season, Sturridge netted twice at the weekend as Liverpool beat Aston Villa 3-2, confirming his importance.
Speaking about Sturridge's impact, Rodgers said “We’ve seen here the brand of football we can create when we have that talent available. He played a massive part in that, so if he stays fit and others come into the reckoning we can piece together an exciting team again. Those players make the difference.”