Liverpool fans shouldn’t put saviour tag on returning Daniel Sturridge

Daniel Sturridge

The England international is on the mend after persistent injuries but the Anfield crowd can’t expect him to be their instant solution.

Liverpool fans received a piece of positive news yesterday with club manager Brendan Rodgers revealing that star centre forward Daniel Sturridge was on the mend.

The England international has been undergoing rehabilitation for persistent thigh and calf injuries over in America, but the former Chelsea attacker has returned to England to complete his recuperation.

Brendan Rodgers spoke highly of Sturridge and understandably stated that the player’s potential return to first-team action, which is still a couple of weeks away, would give the Merseysiders a real boost.

There is no doubting Sturridge’s credentials or goalscoring ability and with the lack of conviction that Liverpool have struggled with at times in the final third this season, his return will be a timely boost for the club.

However, Liverpool fans must remember that the 25-year-old is returning from debilitating injuries, has not played since August and has a new attacking system and personnel to get used to.

Whereas last season Sturridge had the mercurial Luis Suarez alongside him in a lethal strike partnership, the England man will have to adjust to playing with the likes of new summer recruits Rickie Lambert, Lazar Markovic, Mario Balotelli and Adam Lallana - which will take time.

Rodgers has also experimented with a new formation, with every chance that the bespoke 3-4-3 system that has been deployed recently will also take time for the returning forward to get used to.

To expect Sturridge to hit the ground running and immediately start to score the goals that can fire the Reds into Champions League qualification contention is surely asking too much of the star.

Having him back in the starting XI soon will boost the confidence of his team-mates and give Liverpool a more clinical edge in the penalty box, but Sturridge must be afforded time to readjust to the side by his adoring supporters.

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