Raheem Sterling expecting 'massive boost' from Daniel Sturridge at Liverpool

Raheem Sterling says the return of Daniel Sturridge will offer 'a massive boost' to Liverpool's Premier League campaign.

After 14 games, which have delivered just 14 goals, Liverpool are readying themselves to welcome Daniel Sturridge back into their ranks.

Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he hopes to have the England striker back at his disposal for a Premier League meeting with Crystal Palace after the international break.

His return could not be more timely, with Liverpool having gone three games without a top-flight success and seen their involvement in the Champions League past the group stage cast into serious doubt.

With a spark required from somewhere, a man who netted 24 times in all competitions last season could be just the man to provide it.

Sturridge is confident he will be ready to slot straight back in, with the frustration of three months on the sidelines ready to be taken out on unsuspecting opposition defences - taking to Twitter to say: "I feel so good right now."

His teammates are also looking forward to having their go-to frontman leading the line again, with Raheem Sterling of the opinion that the red half of Merseyside is about to receive a ‘massive boost’.

He told the Liverpool Echo: "It will be a massive boost to have Daniel back playing.

"We have missed him and the more quality players you have fit and available, the better. He gives us that threat in the box and he scores goals. We're all really looking forward to having him back in the team.”

Sterling is also looking for Rodgers’ men to put the international break to good use, embrace the opportunity to get away with their respective countries and return ready to fire themselves back into the race for a top-four finish.

He added, following Saturday’s 2-1 reversal against Chelsea: "After a defeat you usually want the next game to come along fast but I think having this break now can help us.

"We need to get going after the international break and start winning games to turn this around. Losing hurts, especially losing a big game at home. Every team goes through sticky patches but I'm sure we'll start climbing the table soon.

"I do think we are playing better football and I'm sure we'll soon put together a run of wins. We've got to pick ourselves up, regroup and go again after the international break."

After travelling to Selhurst Park on 23rd November, Liverpool take in a must-win continental contest with Ludogorets and a domestic home date with Stoke City.

They will be hoping to build momentum during those fixtures, and the ones which follow, allowing them to head into a crucial festive period – which will see them tackle Manchester United and Arsenal in the league and take in a Capital One Cup quarter-final with Bournemouth – in buoyant mood.

Should Sturridge’s return fail to make the desired impact, then Liverpool could find themselves staggering into the New Year with pressure mounting on Rodgers’ shoulders just a few short months after he appeared to be untouchable.

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