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Daniel Sturridge set for early return

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Daniel Sturridge could be fit to face Manchester United at Old Trafford on September 12, reports ESPN FC.

Sturridge had a frustrating 2014/15 season and spent most of it on the side-lines with a series of hip and thigh injuries.

He spent the Christmas period using the Boston Red Sox's facilities to overcome a thigh problem that he picked up on international duty for England last September and made a promising return when coming off the bench to score in Liverpool's 2-0 win against West Ham in January.

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However, misery again stood in Sturridge's way and he was side-lined with a fresh hip injury midway through April. The 25-year-old underwent surgery in New York in May and spent the summer in Boston to use the Red Sox's state of the art equipment.

Initially it was predicted Sturridge was to remain in the sickroom until at least October; however his recovery has come much quicker than expected and it's reported he's ready to start training with Brendan Rodgers' squad at the end of the month and could face rivals Manchester United just weeks later.

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The former Chelsea striker's return will be very welcomed by the Reds as they look to fire themselves into the Champions League this season.

Liverpool scored just 52 league goals last campaign and badly missed a natural goalscorer who keeps cool in one-on-one situations.

Sturridge has a remarkable record at Liverpool; in 67 games he's netted 40 times and has proved value for money after joining from Chelsea in January 2013 for £12 million. He scored just five goals in all competitions last campaign but never got a chance to hit the ground running.

He will, however, face stiff competition for his place in Rodgers' starting XI on his return.

Christian Benteke has joined Liverpool for £32.5 million from Aston Villa this summer. Rodgers has always been a keen admirer of the Belgium international and the Northern Irishman looks set to make his new recruit his main man upfront.

Danny Ings has also arrived at Anfield on a free transfer and Divock Origi met up with his new squad after spending last season on loan at Lille.

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