Adam Lallana discusses a prospective partnership with Daniel Sturridge

The duo have yet to play together for Liverpool due to injuries, but Lallana is hoping to build an understand with the Reds' striker when he returns from injury.

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana can't wait to play with Daniel Sturridge in for the Reds, with the striker having a retched first half of the season with injuries.

Sturridge played the first three games of the Premier League campaign, but at the time Lallana was recovering from a knee injury suffered on the pre-season tour of the United States.

Whilst Lallana has been working his way to full fitness and eventually trying to establish himself in the first XI, Sturridge has suffered setback after setback. After an initial thigh injury on international duty, Sturridge has had further problems with his calf, then his thigh.

Lallana told the Liverpool Echo: “I've not had the privilege to play with Studge in a Liverpool shirt yet because of my injury at the start of the season and then his injury.

“But I've played with him for England and I know what a big asset he is to the club.

“I speak to Studge and he's working really hard to get back. Hopefully we'll see him back playing early in the new year. It will be like a new signing for us.

“It's not going to be a carbon copy of Liverpool last season because Luis Suarez isn't here and he's a sensational player.

“If you take him out of any team you'll miss him. But it's the same with Studge. Having him back will lift everyone."

Lallana and Sturridge combined on the 26-year-old's third appearance for the Three Lions in a 1-0 win over Denmark, where Sturridge managed to head home the winner - so one could suggest there is foundations for a good partnership there.

In the past few weeks, Liverpool have been playing with a system that has accommodated Lallana alongside Philippe Coutinho in roles behind the striker - in this case Raheem Sterling. One would think Sterling will return either to a wide position, or maybe occupy one of the roles currently undertaken by Coutinho and Lallana.

Sturridge is due back from his latest injury sometime in the next month, but after his most recent setbacks, the Reds won't want to put too much pressure and onus on his return to the side. It would be interesting to see if the pair could produce a good partnership going forward that would benefit the Reds as they look to improve drastically in the second half of the campaign.

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