Brendan Rodgers gives positive Daniel Sturridge injury update

Daniel Sturridge

The Liverpool forward could be set to return from his long injury lay-off against West Ham this weekend.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said that Daniel Sturridge could return from injury in this weekend’s clash with West Ham United, according to Liverpool’s official site.

The 25-year-old has been struggling with a thigh problem and has not featured for his club since August, but could be available for their upcoming Premier League game against Sam Allardyce’s side.

Rodgers had been hoping Sturridge would return for the Capital One Cup clash at Chelsea earlier this week, but has now said that the player has been excellent in training and is ready for first-team action once again.

"In the last few days, and in particular this morning, he was brilliant,” said the manager.

“He's been really dynamic, fast, strong in the finish and sharp. "But we'll give him another day and I'll have another chat with him tomorrow just to see where he's at, but he looks in top-class condition."

What does this mean for Liverpool?

The Reds will be hugely boosted by Sturridge’s return, having lacked that natural scoring ability and high pressing tempo that both he and Luis Suarez brought to their side last year, necessitating a change in formation and strategy in recent weeks.

His return could also spell the end of Fabio Borini’s recent run in the side, despite his goal against Aston Villa last time around. He, fellow Italian Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert have all failed to take up Sturridge’s goal scoring mantle since his injury playing for England in September, and it is unlikely they will be given an extended run again.

However, manager Rodgers was keen to emphasise that fans and players alike should be reserved in their expectations, although he does admit that his return will mean a better Liverpool team in the second half of the season.

“As you can imagine, when you're out for a long time, then you're just feeling your way back into things," explained the Reds boss.

"He's been sidelined for a long while and we can't put all the pressure on him and say he's going to be the saving grace when he's on the pitch again. We'll definitely be a better team with Dan than without."

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