Daniel Sturridge's uncle Dean paints clear picture of player's Liverpool commitment

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The former Derby striker spoke of the Liverpool striker's recent injury troubles.

Daniel Sturridge has had a torrid time with injuries over the past couple of years. He has played just six times this season - scoring four goals. He struggled with fitness last term as well, after scoring an exceptional 28 goals in 42 games for club and country in 2013-14.

He could however make a return to action this evening, as Liverpool take on West Ham United in an FA Cup replay at Upton Park.

Sturridge, whose commitment to Liverpool has been questioned recently, cannot wait to get back into action - according to his uncle.

Dean Sturridge, who played for the likes of Derby County, Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers, was speaking to Sky Sports earlier today about his nephew and painted a different picture regarding his Liverpool commitment:

"He is just chomping at the bit. He is glad to be fit again, he is desperate to play. He wants to show the Liverpool fans, he wants to show his team-mates, and everyone connected with the club how passionate he is to be back playing football.

"It has probably been the most difficult time in his career. Unfortunately he has had a run of injuries which has stopped his career going in the way he would have wanted to.

"First and foremost he wants to show the Liverpool fans how desperate he is to play again and score goals - he wants to contribute to his team."

He went on to comment on Sturridge's international hopes. He has not played for England since a friendly with Norway in September 2014 but will still be hoping of a place in the squad for the Euros in France this summer:

"Ultimately, if he does well for his side then he has a chance with the national side of having the opportunity of playing at the Euros."

If Sturridge can maintain his fitness it will undoubtedly be great news for both Liverpool and England fans for the rest of 2016.

However, given his recent track record, not many will hold out hope of a continued run of football.

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