Sturridge had an impressive 2013/14 season for the Reds, becoming the second highest goalscorer by netting 24, and Rodgers has backed the England international to drive the team forward as they face the challenge of competing in the Champions League.

"I've seen a difference in Daniel since he came back," said Rodgers.

"He has obviously got confidence from the World Cup and his season last year.

"I think he's ready to take on the mantle. He got 20-odd goals last season so he's a striker of great value."

"I'll just worry about the players I have, who showed in enough games last season and the season before, when we didn't have Luis, that we can score goals," added Rodgers.

"That won't be an issue."