Daniel Sturridge's long-awaited return from his latest injury setback has been pencilled in by Liverpool's medical team – and it couldn't be better timed if they tried.
According to ESPN, the striker will be fit to play first-team football after the upcoming international break with his comeback set to be played out November 21. And who do Liverpool face on that day? Only Sturridge's former club Manchester City.
Sturridge has been stuck on the sidelines after picking up a knee injury in training last month. That same injury has prevented him from making his debut under Jurgen Klopp and has allowed Chrisitan Benteke the chance to impress.
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Benteke has scored two goals in his last two Premier League games for the Reds, including an impressive strike in the 3-1 win over Chelsea on Saturday. However, Sturridge will be given his own chance to impress up front and will certainly love to do so against the Citizens.
Klopp will be mightily relieved to have Sturridge closing in on a return, especially as initial scans failed to figure out exactly what was wrong with the England international. Indeed, the Mirror claimed Melwood's medical team were left baffled by the issue, sparking fears it was much more serious than first thought.
Sturridge will sit out upcoming games against Rubin Kazan and Crystal Palace and will not link up with the Roy Hodgson's England squad. But upon the Premier League's resumption, the 26-year-old will be fighting fit.
The game at the Etihad will be huge, especially if Liverpool can take all three points from Selhurst Park next weekend. A win would allow the Reds to move within five points of the current league leaders and that is assuming Manuel Pellegrini's men beat Aston Villa next Sunday.
Klopp may have told journalists they were crazy to be talking of a title tilt, but two wins in their next two league games will certainly throw them back into contention.