Robbie Fowler has stressed the importance of Daniel Sturridge to Liverpool and believes the striker will be hungry for more goals following his match-winning performance against Aston Villa last weekend.
Sturridge scored his first goal for more than six months as his two strikes inspired the Reds to a 3-2 victory against the Villains at Anfield.
The England international was riddled with hip, thigh and calf injuries for the majority of last season, which saw him miss crucial stages of the season and was never at his peak when he did play.
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Sturridge spent the summer months undergoing rehabilitation treatment in America at MLS side Boston Red Sox's fitness centre to combat his various problems.
The 26-year-old displayed that finishing skills have not deserted him, though, despite having major setbacks.
And Fowler believes that Sturridge's return will bring nothing but positives.
“Daniel will be absolutely over the moon. He’s a player that, given a few games, will score goals," the Kop legend told liverpoolfc.com.
“He’s a goalscorer and will be delighted with the way it turned out, scoring two goals and helping Liverpool win.
“Both goals were fantastic finishes, so a fit and firing Daniel Sturridge will only help us.
“We want Daniel to score goals, we want him to do well and we want Liverpool to win.
“To use another cliché, it doesn’t matter who scores the goals as long as we are winning – that’s very apt. But if Daniel is playing and he’s fit he will score goals."
Sturridge has bounced back from injury positively but Rodgers must be cautious not to get carried away.
When the striker returned from injury in January, he come off the bench to net against West Ham United at Anfield.
Despite not being fully fit, the Liverpool boss thrust Sturridge back into the starting line-up far too quickly, exposing the ex-Chelsea striker's lack of fitness. He was substituted that game due to another injury.
When a player, especially a striker, comes back from a long-term problem they play on instict. Their goalscoring ability does not abandon them and they take their chances in the early stages of returning but it can have it's repercussions, as seen with Sturridge.
Liverpool host Swiss outfit FC Sion in the Europa League on Thursday evening.
The Reds could only manage a point away from home against Bordeaux in their first game of Group B whereas Sion were 2-1 winners against Rubin Kazan.
Rodgers will have pondered the idea of playing Sturridge against Sion to help the Birmingham native once again work back towards full fitness.
However, Liverpool take the short trip across Stanley Park to face rivals Everton on Sunday and the Northern Irishman will be debating whether he should protect Sturridge for that match.
Despite Rodgers' team to face Sion still in the dark, Fowler feels that Sturridge will want to meet the Swiss side and continue his goalscoring ways.
"As a player, if you’ve scored in your last game you will think you will go into your next game and score," the 40-year-old added.
“He won’t want to be rested and he will be looking forward to getting his boots on, you always are once you score because you feel unstoppable.”
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