England international Daniel Sturridge has returned to full Liverpool training after a nightmare period out on the sidelines.
This has been reported by the Daily Mail, who claim that the forward has stepped up his fitness regime at Melwood after previously returning to training at the end of last month.
Sturridge, of course, underwent hip surgery in May after a torrid campaign with the Reds. The forward failed to maintain his fitness throughout the course of the season, but will be desperate to prove his credentials once again on Merseyside.
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Now, then, with Liverpool set to travel to Old Trafford to take on rivals Manchester United this weekend, Sturridge is back in full training, and could yet feature at the Theatre of Dreams on Saturday.
The report from the Mail goes on to claim that the club are yet to make a decision on Sturridge ahead of Saturday's clash, but it appears that he may well be in contention for the trip.
There's no doubt about it, the return of Sturridge will be a welcome boost for all involved with Liverpool. At the end of the day, after suffering a 3-0 home defeat to West Ham United in their last outing, Brendan Rodgers' side will be desperate to bounce back this weekend, and the return of Sturridge will only help their cause.
Of course, Reds fans shouldn't expect too much too soon from Sturridge, but they will no doubt be excited by the prospect of him lining up alongside Christian Benteke.
A partnership of Sturridge and Benteke really could help Liverpool climb the Premier League table this term. Let's just hope they both manage to stay fit.
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