Brendan Rodgers explained the work being carried out on Daniel Sturridge's fitness as he provided an update on the condition of his squad ahead of the clash with Queens Park Rangers.

The striker is unavailable due to a hip problem at the moment and has therefore missed Liverpool's past four games.

At his pre-match press conference, the manager was asked about plans for Sturridge to receive treatment in the United States - and outlined the approach.

Rodgers said: "We have found some underlying issues that maybe relate to Dan's issues and problems that he's had this season, and the ongoing problems that he's had.

"The staff and medical team here are liaising with some of the great medics in America and we're just doing everything we possibly can to give Daniel the opportunity to remain fit and consistent and available.

"We'll see how it goes between now and the end of the season, but it was something that we decided was going to be best for him to give him every chance to be consistently fit.

"Daniel is like every other player - he wants to play and wants to be available.

"It's just unfortunate for him that this has been a season that on the back of how fantastic he was last season, he really wanted to build on that.

"If you track through his career, he has obviously had little issues along the way. But we knew when we brought him here that we wanted to give him every chance to be one of the top goalscorers in Europe, and we feel that potentially he has that.

"When he's fit and demonstrates those qualities, there's not too many better than Daniel.

"But we have to do everything we can to get him onto the training field and into the game, hence the reason for looking into this."

Steven Gerrard is fit and available to face QPR on Saturday afternoon, however, in his penultimate home match before departing Anfield.

"The Saturday-Tuesday game was always going to be difficult, but certainly having had a good week's preparation, he'll be fit and flying for the weekend," said the boss.

"He's just approaching every game and giving his maximum; his concentration has never waned, he has been really focused on helping the team. It will be exactly the same tomorrow."

Rodgers also confirmed that Lucas Leiva is in contention, though neither Mario Balotelli nor Mamadou Sakho can be called upon.

On left-back Alberto Moreno, he added: "We'll see after today, but he should be OK."

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