Liverpool fans must be realistic with Daniel Sturridge admits boss Brendan Rodgers

Striker Daniel Sturridge is nearing a return from injury.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has pleaded with supporters to be realistic ahead of striker Daniel Sturridge’s return to action, reports The Sun.

The England international has been out of action since the third game of the season after sustaining a succession of leg muscle injuries.

In his absence, the Reds have struggled for goals and in particular strike partner Mario Balotelli who has yet to find the net in the Premier League since trading Milan for Anfield in the summer.

It has been some contrast to the previous campaign, where Luis Suarez and Sturridge struck up a formidable partnership and helped the club to a second-placed finish, scoring 52 goals between them.

As a result of their lack of goals, confidence and performance levels have dropped and the Merseysiders find themselves in eighth spot and well below their early-season expectations.

Having Sturridge back in action will give the club a major boost in their quest for a top four spot, however Brendan Rodgers has urged supporters not to demand too much from the striker straight away.

“People do have to be more realistic, it will take him time,” he was quoted as saying by The Sun. “First he has to get fit, generally, although fortunately his body allows that, as he’s a naturally fit player.”

“He proved that last year when he came back without much of a pre-season and did very well. But there’s also match fitness, football fitness, so it will take a wee bit of time.”

“Just having him on the field to begin with will be critical to the team because I think his threat is obvious. It’s the only way we will get him back up to speed.”

The exact date of Sturridge’s return remains to be seen, but with big games against Everton, Spurs and Southampton in February the fans will be hoping his official comeback is not too far away.

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