Brendan Rodgers explained on Friday how Liverpool will continue to assess the fitness of striker Daniel Sturridge ahead of the Barclays Premier League clash against Chelsea this weekend.

The 24-year-old suffered a small hamstring strain and had to be substituted midway through the second half when the Reds hosted and defeated Manchester City earlier this month.

He was then not involved as Rodgers' team travelled to Norwich City and won 3-2 last Sunday, thereby recording an 11th consecutive victory and qualification for the Champions League.

At his pre-match press conference today, the Northern Irishman was asked for an update on Sturridge's condition - which he revealed will be monitored during the next 24 hours.

"We will see," the boss told reporters gathered at Melwood. "We'll give it another 24 hours. He's working hard with the medical team. So we shall see.

"But if he's not fit, we've coped before; we've managed before without a number of players. We'll go into the game with confidence. We'll assess that over the next 24 hours."

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