Sturridge to return for Liverpool's friendly against Borussia Dortmund

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Sturridge missed the last two pre-season games on Liverpool's tour of the U.S.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers expects striker Daniel Sturridge is expected to be fit for the club's friendly with Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on Sunday, according to the Liverpool Echo

Sturridge flew home early from the Reds' tour of the United States for treatment on a hamstring injury, missing games against AC Milan and Manchester United.

The news will be a welcome boost for Liverpool given their shortage of strikers going into the new campaign, as manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed he would like to bring one more player into the club before the transfer deadline to firm up his attacking options.

The Reds ended their pre-season tour in the United States with only the one recognised striker in Rickie Lambert with both Sturridge and Fabio Borini travelling back to Merseyside for treatment for injuries sustained across the Atlantic Ocean.

Sturridge scored 21 goals in the Premier League alone last season and is expected to be the man to provide a large proportion of the goals this season.

Last season he shone in the absence of Luis Suarez despite struggling with a similar injury in the early stages of the season, and managed to score in each of the first four Premier League games. 

Rodgers was seemingly unwilling to take a risk with the 24-year-old in the closing games as he will want his forward to be firing on all cylinders, in order to provide that cutting edge that will be needed for the Reds to get a good start in a difficult opening three games - where last season they only managed to pick up four points in the corresponding fixtures.

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