The toughest decision facing Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool right now

The Reds boss is spoilt for choice - but in a good way.

Every Liverpool fan will be jumping for joy at the prospect of Daniel Sturridge returning to the first team.

Adding a world-class striker to the Reds' current setup looks like a match made in heaven. For Brendan Rodgers' side were superb against Chelsea last night. Except for the fact that only one of 20 shots hit the back of the net.

That's certainly where Liverpool's 25-year-old forward, scorer of so many top-class goals last season, can boost his side's fortunes.

But his return now actually poses a big dilemma for Rodgers and his team.

Against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup, Liverpool were superb - each and every one of their players showed passion and pride in the shirt, putting in a shift that saw the Blues both outmuscled and outplayed.

So who drops out when Sturridge comes in?

The Reds boss can certainly consider switching systems, potentially returning to four at the back and taking the out-of-position Emre Can out of the equation. But changing systems will mean losing all the fluidity and intensity Liverpool have built up using a winning formation.

Do Steven Gerrard, Lucas Leiva, or Philippe Coutinho lose out, meanwhile? Or will Lazar Markovic, Alberto Moreno or the aforementioned Can take the plunge? That's not to mention the return to fitness of Adam Lallana - with Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert also scoring at the weekend.

It's the toughest decision facing Rodgers right now. But it's a very, very good situation to be in for a Premier League manager.

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for CHELSEA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch