Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was delighted with the way striker Daniel Sturridge returned to Anfield yesterday after having not played a match since late August.

The England international came off the bench to seal the Reds 2-0 win over West Ham after only having been on the pitch for 12 minutes.

Rodgers however spoke of caution saying that the 25-year-old was not the answer to the goalscoring problems Liverpool have been faced with since selling Luis Suarez to Barcelona last summer.

“It was nice for him. He has been out for a long time and worked very hard,” he said.

“When he is in that area of the pitch he has shown he is lethal and it was a great first touch and then he has great power off both sides and it was a wonderful finish. I am delighted for him.

“He has come back into the fold but it is just managing that integration into the team but I know he is excited about coming back.

“But it was better him scoring than not scoring because if he doesn’t everyone is looking at him wondering when he will get his first goal.”