346 goal Liverpool striker on how Sturridge will affect £16m Balotelli

Ian Rush believes that Mario Balotelli will improve with Daniel Sturridge in tandem.

Liverpool could welcome back Daniel Sturridge to first-team action at the weekend after seven weeks out of action. Sturridge has been out since picking up a thigh injury during the last international break with England - much to the fury of Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.

Sturridge's return could not come at a more welcome time as Liverpool will be hoping to improve on their recent results. They scraped past West Brom in their last game before the most recent international break and before that failed to win, within 90 minutes, in their previous four fixtures.

In fact, the last time Liverpool looked as impressive as they did last season was in the 3-0 win at White Hart Lane in August.

In that game Sturridge played up front with Liverpool newbie Mario Balotelli. The Italian has been struggling since his arrival at Anfield, his scoring rate down and many believing he needs a strike partner to thrive.

Finally, with Sturridge back, he has just that.

One man who agrees on that point is Liverpool legend Ian Rush.

The former Welsh international, who scored 346 goals for the club, has been speaking to the Liverpool Echo about Sturridge's return to action and believes it will not only do wonders for Liverpool as a whole, but also for the form of their £16 million striker Balotelli.

He stated:

“I think Balotelli will also be happy about Daniel’s return. He has mostly played up front on his own since Daniel has been out but I think he will improve with someone else up front alongside him.

“The only time they have played together was Tottenham away when Balotelli and Daniel were fantastic together.

“Balotelli hasn’t scored as many as he would have liked so far but there have been games where he hasn’t had many chances. With Daniel back out there I’m sure he will get more chances.”

Liverpool fans will hope of another potential Suarez-Sturridge like partnership between the returning Englishman and the maverick Italian.

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