Daniel Sturridge made yet another return from injury in Sunday's 1-0 win over Swansea City.
Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has admitted he was surprised to see Daniel Sturridge return to action during the Reds 1-0 win over Swansea City on Sunday, but praised manager Jurgen Klopp if he managed to test the forward's mentality.
It was thought that Sturridge had suffered another injury setback after he complained of pain in his foot prior to last Thursday's Europa League win over Bordeaux before Klopp made comments about the forward needing to know the difference between 'serious pain and what is only pain'.
In his Liverpool Echo column, Aldridge wrote: "I’m not sure whether Jurgen was testing his mentality with the comments he made last week about “real pain and just pain”, but if he was then it certainly worked!
"It’s been deadly frustrating for supporters with Sturridge, but you could see the reaction when he came off the bench that they are right behind the lad. They want to see him on the pitch because they know he makes our team better.
"The club, and Daniel himself, need to do everything in their power to make sure that he is in top shape, both mentally and physically.
"If we can do that (a big if, I know) we’ve got a top-class player to come back into the team, and that could really take us places."
It's not just been frustrating for Liverpool fans when it comes to Sturridge's fitness, but pretty exhausting as they have looked forward to his comebacks in the past, only for him to be struck down by another problem.
The comments have been made time and again, Sturridge can be a lethal forward when fit and on his game, his goalscoring record compared to Liverpool strikers of the past is right up there but the worry is can he stay fit for a prolonged period?
If so, then they have a forward on their hands who can help them kill teams off and is probably worth an extra 10 points for in their league campaign, and could score that vital goal on a cup run.
Sturridge got just over 20 minutes of the game against Swansea as he tries to build up his fitness once again at a busy time of year for the Reds.
He will hope for more action from the start and tomorrow night's game in the League Cup could certainly be an opportunity for more game time if not a start. What the Reds would like is for Sturridge to find his killer instinct in front of goal as he builds up that fitness. A long run in the side scoring goals would put any doubts they have over his mentality firmly to the back of people's minds.