GLEN JOHNSON will return to the Liverpool side for tomorrow’s clash with his former club Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The England full-back has missed the past four matches with a hamstring injury but has been passed fit.
Pepe Reina is also back training after a similar problem but he may not be rushed back into action so Brad Jones could continue in goal.
Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard, Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel, Joe Allen, Nuri Sahin, Raheem Sterling and Jose Enrique will all return to the squad after being rested for Thursday’s Europa League clash with Anzhi in Moscow.
“Glen will be fine for Sunday and it will be great to have him back,” said Rodgers.
“I think if there’s a team of the season so far in the Premier League then he would be in it. He’s one of the best right-backs in the world playing at left-back. He has been fantastic there for us and I have been delighted with him. A lot of the senior players have been great with their attitude and application.
“Pepe will be assessed over the next 24 hours. If he doesn’t make this weekend I would anticipate him to be available for the following weekend. He’s our No 1 keeper but Brad has come in and done a fantastic job in this period.”
Tomorrow’s game takes Rodgers back to the club where he spent four years on the coaching staff after being approached by Jose Mourinho back in 2004.
The Northern Irishman is full of praise for the work of current boss Roberto Di Matteo, who took over from Andre Villas-Boas in March.
Di Matteo led Chelsea to victory over Liverpool in May’s FA Cup final and then ended the club’s wait for a first European Cup against Bayern Munich.
“I had a terrific time there,” said Rodgers. “It was at the start of a very successful era for Chelsea. There was a lot of investment and a lot of success.
“Obviously historically they are two great clubs who’ve had terrific battles in the past. I always remember the great atmosphere the Liverpool fans created at Stamford Bridge.
“Roberto has done a great job there. He won the Champions League which is something the club had been looking to do for a number of years. They have invested heavily but he has brought in some very good players.”
More than £55million was spent this summer on bringing in Oscar and Eden Hazard to play alongside Juan Mata in a potent midfield.
Second placed Chelsea are 12 points better off than the Reds after 10 games but Rodgers insists his squad will travel with confidence after a five-game unbeaten league run.
“Roberto was trying to improve the nature of their game and he has certainly done that,” he said.
“Oscar, Mata and Hazard are great technicians. No matter what tactical work you do, world class players will always find space.
“Our focus is more on ourselves and how we play. We have some top players here who can hurt any opponent on any given day.
“It’s a tough ask for us, but we’re going into the game in decent form. We are creating a lot of opportunities. We just need to find a wee bit of finesse and a killer instinct to finish off that good play.”