Sturridge 'happy to be back' as Liverpool striker returns to training

The Reds star has confirmed he is back out on the training pitches at Melwood, and that things are going well.

It is the news Liverpool fans have been waiting to hear for weeks now, Daniel Sturridge is nearing a return to the first team after returning to training at Melwood.

The striker tweeted his delight at the work put in on the training pitch, having been rested by England for the international break, meaning all of his efforts will be focused on Liverpool. Sturridge had been out for nearly two months after thigh and calf strains.

Roy Hodgson resisted the urge to call up the 25-year-old for the games against Slovenia and Scotland, meaning that Sturridge can now concentrate on building up his match fitness ahead of the Reds' next game away to Crystal Palace on November 23rd.

And how Liverpool have missed the former Chelsea man, slipping down to 11th position in the Premier League table in his absence and having scored just 8 times in 8 games without their main striker in their ranks - they previously managed 6 in their opening 3 games with him in the side.

Fellow forwards Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert have struggled to shine in Sturridge's absence, with many feeling that the Italian in particular will benefit greatly from the England international's return to the first team.

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