Daniel Sturridge delighted to be back in the goals

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Daniel Sturridge has revealed he was delighted to score his first Liverpool goal in five months during his side's 2-0 victory against West Ham United at Anfield on Saturday.

The 25-year-old has been sidelined since September when he suffered a thigh strain whilst on England duty and after a series of other injuries was forced to miss over half of the season.

Making his first appearance since the Reds' 3-0 victory against Tottenham Hotspur on August 31, Sturridge replaced Lazar Markovic with 20 minutes remaining and made an immediate impact.

The former Chelsea forward latched onto Philippe Coutinho's clever pass and slotted his right-footed effort past Hammers' goalkeeper Adrian to secure the three points for his side.

It was Sturridge's first goal since the opening day of the season when Liverpool beat Southampton 2-1 at Anfield and he could not be more pleased with his effort.

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"It was a great feeling to help my teammates get three points," the striker told "That's the most important thing - to just be out there and helping the team win games.

"It was great play by Coutinho. We have a great relationship - he knows my runs and I know the types of passes he likes to play as well. He makes my job easier.

"I knew the ball would come and it was just a case of getting it under control and hitting the target," - Daniel Sturridge

"Once I saw him cut inside, I knew the ball would come and it was just a case of getting it under control and hitting the target."

What Liverpool Have Missed

There's no hiding that Liverpool have been well below par in front of goal this season.

Mario Balotelli has very much flopped since he moved to Anfield for £16 million this season from AC Milan, scoring just two goals during his time on Merseyside. and still awaits his first goal in the Premier League.

Likewise, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini have also struggled in front of goal when they have been given a rare opportunity to lead the Liverpool front-line.

Prior to Saturday's victory, Brendan Rodgers' outfit had managed just 31 goals in 22 games in the top flight and their tally will likely be nowhere near the 101 strikes that went in last season.

Sturridge was responsible for 21 of the 101 goals scored during the Merseyside club's almost title-winning 2013/14 Premier League campaign when largely playing second-fiddle to Luis Suarez.

The England international highlighted all of his attributed in just 20 minutes against West Ham. He was constantly on the move dragging defenders with him and his feet caused plenty of problems for Winston Reid and co. 

Sturridge's goal was a sublime finish from a tight angle struck on his wrong foot and the roar of the Kop matched the strikers. finish.

Must Win Game Against Bolton

With Sturridge now fully-fit and hungry to score goals, he is likely to make his first start in almost half-a-year when Liverpool meet Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup fourth round replay on Wednesday night.

The Trotters have improved significantly since Neil Lennon took charge at the Macron Stadium in October and defended well when they drew 0-0 with the Reds in January.

Bolton is a club who Sturridge has a great history and scored eight goals from 12 games for the Lancashire club when he went on loan to them from Chelsea during the 2010-11 season.

However, he admits he will not feel any sentiment when he lines up on Wednesday night and will be looking to increase his goal tally for the season.

"I've got a lot of love for Bolton," - Daniel Sturridge

"I've got a lot of love for Bolton for what they've done for me and my career," Sturridge added.

"They'll always be in my heart, but I'll be going out there looking to score goals and help my team win games.

"We're looking forward to it, we're ready to go. It's going to be a big game on Wednesday and we want to advance in the cup."

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