Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says that the jury is still out on whether or not the surgery striker Daniel Sturridge underwent in America will have solved the problems that made him miss most of the season.

“We hope we’ve got to the bottom of it,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “This is an injury that has been looked at and the medics have said it’s maybe been the cause of a lot of his problems. It’s hard to say, we’re hoping so.

“It was important these guys find what might be the problem. Once he’s back on fire there are not many players who are better than Daniel Sturridge.

“He’s super-fast, has great touch and balance and he’s strong. He’s got everything to be a world class player.

“As you know, though, the world class players play every single week, contributing, that’s the make-up. It’s not just talent or ability, it’s consistency.”