Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp could be tempted to hand Daniel Sturridge a place on the bench against Manchester City after the striker emerged unscathed following his return to full training.
This has been reported by the Mirror, who claim that Sturridge could be in line for a place in Klopp's Liverpool squad for the very first time.
The England international hasn't featured under the guidance of the revered German boss at Anfield after suffering a knee injury in training at the start of October.
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However, it appears that he could return to the side sooner rather than later, with a surprise inclusion against the Premier League leaders seemingly feasible at this stage.
Klopp will no doubt be aware that he must handle the striker correctly over the coming weeks and months, so it may well prove a risk to give him a place in his squad on Saturday evening.
Sturridge has endured a torrid time on the injury front over the course of the last year, making just 15 league appearances since the start of last season.
But, with Sturridge in the team, the dynamic completely changes on Merseyside. The former Chelsea star offers so much to the cause and certainly has the credentials to score plenty of goals for the Reds.
Ultimately, though, he must maintain his fitness. At 26-years-old, the versatile forward is by no means finished, but he will be well aware that he must step up imminently. Perhaps, then, Klopp may well hand him a few minutes, if required, against Manchester City.
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