Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he could start Daniel Sturridge in the Merseyside Derby against Everton this weekend, according to the Daily Star.
Rodgers previously admitted that he does not want to risk Sturridge in his recovery towards full fitness, but may be tempted to field the England international against the Toffees at Goodison Park.
He said: “It is liaising with Daniel and the medical team in terms of the risk. He is not far away from starting, he is really champing at the bit.
“I need to speak with my staff and Daniel and make a decision.
“They are both in different ways very important games. It is a local derby and you want to win those.
“But of course we want to win on Tuesday night as well. If he wasn’t to start at Everton then he would be in with a great chance to start against Tottenham.”
Sturridge has been nursing thigh and calf injuries for the majority of the season, but on his return to league action, netted the Reds’ second goal in their 2-0 win over West Ham after coming on for the last 22 minutes.
That game was the first time he played in the Premier League since the end of August, which was a 3-0 away victory over Tottenham Hotspur.
Rodgers will now have to assess the 25-year-old today before he makes a decision, but will be boosted by the fact Sturridge also managed to come on during the last 20 minutes to help Liverpool beat Bolton in the FA Cup on Wednesday.