Liverpool have received a major boost ahead of their top of the table battle against Chelsea at Anfield on Sunday, with Daniel Sturridge declaring himself fit to feature in a potentially pivotal Premier League showdown.
Sturridge came off injured in their last match at home against Manchester City during Liverpool's 3-2 win. It was originally thought a hamstring injury would have possibly kept the England forward out for the rest of the season, but he will have only missed the one game if he does indeed return this weekend.
The former Chelsea man is looking forward to playing a part in a game in which Jose Mourinho has said that he wishes to play his youngsters, conceding that the Champions League is their priority. However, Sturridge isn't sure how much time he is likely to see on the pitch.
"Hopefully this week I'll be back. I'm not too sure if he'll play me or not, we'll have to see," said the 24-year-old.
Chelsea have been left to rue letting Sturridge go this season, something which Mourinho has condemned of his Blues side as they have dropped unexpected points, not least against Sunderland last Saturday.
With Sturridge having left 16 months ago, he would like to respect his former club if he finds the net, but admits it would be hard not to celebrate given the situation his current club are in.
"I would like to show respect to my former club, but if I were to come on and score in the last minute, I'm going to be on a mad one, I don't know if I could control myself if that happened."
Liverpool find themselves needing seven points from their final three games to be crowned Premier League champions, and it will be the second time that Sturridge has lifted the famous trophy already in a short but eventful career.
If Liverpool were to beat a supposedly weak Chelsea outfit and Manchester City felt the wrath of an in-form Crystal Palace on Sunday, then the Reds would find themselves needing just one point from their remaining two games.
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