Daniel Sturridge says he can form a strong partnership with Mario Balotelli

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Daniel Sturridge has insisted that he can form a formidable partnership with fellow Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli.

The two have only played together twice, but have impressed on both occasions - most recently on Saturday away at Crystal Palace, in which Liverpool picked up their first win at Selhurst Park since 1997.

Their other outing together was way back at the start of the season when they faced Tottenham in August.

Sturridge was speaking on the matter in Liverpool’s pre-match press conference ahead of their Europa League game with Besiktas on Thursday.

He was quoted by the Liverpool Echo as saying: “It’s easy to play not just with Mario but any of my team-mates [but] I enjoy playing with Mario, he’s a great guy, I get along with him.

“I feel we can have a successful partnership but that’s down to the manager to choose.”

The England international made a point of saying that is not just the Italian that he is open to playing with.

He added: “I get along with everybody, you have to adapt your game to each individual because it is different playing with different players.

“So for myself whether it’s Mario or another one of my team-mates, I’ll do my best to make sure it works for the team.”

Injury-hit season

Sturridge formed a potent partnership with Luis Suarez last season but has struggled this season with injuries preventing him getting back on track in terms of goal scoring.

However, as he gets more game time and returns to fitness, there is no doubt that the goals will come for Sturridge.

Will the partnership work?

For Balotelli though, it is hard to tell. He has only scored two goals in 16 appearances for Liverpool this season, but maybe striking a partnership with Sturridge will help the former Manchester City player find what he is looking for.

Only time will tell as it all hinges on whether or not Brendan Rodgers decides to give the partnership a go in the long-term.

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