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Rodgers: Suarez and Sturridge can play together

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Daniel Sturridge scored on his Liverpool debut © Getty Images
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Brendan Rodgers has warned that Daniel Sturridge's debut goal is just the beginning and expects Liverpool's new signing to strike up a prolific partnership with Luis Suarez.

Sturridge needed just seven minutes to open his Liverpool account, scoring on his debut to help his side book their place in the FA Cup fourth round with a 2-1 victory over Mansfield.

He was replaced by Suarez after 55 minutes but Rodgers is excited by the prospect of the pair playing up front together.

"They can play together, there's no problem with that," Rodgers told ESPN. "Obviously we want to fit in good players and that's the most important thing, to keep the squad strong and build up a competitive group.

"They are both wonderful players, they have both got different strengths but the idea was bringing in players that are multifunctional and can play in a couple of positions and that is what Luis has shown he can do and Daniel also. They are both tactically strong, flexible in their play."

Rodgers added: "I know what to expect from Daniel, he is a goalscorer.

"He's nowhere near fully fit but he's going to create chances and have opportunities to score. He's got pace and power and gives us that presence up front and there's a lot to come from him."

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