Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge has handed boss Jurgen Klopp a major boost ahead of this weekend’s trip to Manchester City, with the Daily Mail reporting that the striker has returned to training.
The England international has been blighted with injuries over the past 15 months, completing 90 minutes in only three of Liverpool’s last 47 Premier League matches.
After initially making his return from injury, Sturridge collided with teammate Jordon Ibe in mid-October to rule him for another month as his knee developed fluid on the joint.
It’s a situation which has seen the striker miss every match of Jurgen Klopp’s short reign as Reds boss so far, a frustrating situation on both sides as goals have been in short supply.
However, the long wait now appears to be over as reports in the Daily Mail state that Sturridge has begun full contract training this week and could be in contention for an appearance this weekend.
The report goes on to state that further tests will be viewed in the coming days in order to monitor his progress, though the fact he is back in training is a big relief all round.
The Reds travel to league leaders City this weekend looking to bounce back from the 2-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace before the international break.
Klopp’s men have played well during the former Dortmund manager’s short tenure in charge of the Anfield outfit, yet a lack of prolificacy up front has really had a negative impact on results.
Sturridge and summer Christian Benteke have the potential to form a deadly partnership, but getting them both on the field at the same time is so far proving to be the biggest challenge.