Brendan Rodgers claims Daniel Sturridge looks fitter than he has in 18 months

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Daniel Sturridge's injury problems last season were a big issue for Liverpool as they stuttered to a sixth-place finish in the Premier League.

The England international was restricted to 17 appearances in all competitions as he struggled with calf, thigh and hip injuries.

Having not played for the Merseyside club since an FA Cup tie at Blackburn Rovers on April 8 the Anfield faithful have been patiently awaiting his return.


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The 26-year-old began training at Liverpool's Melwood base before the international break and joined up with the first-team squad yesterday.

He will not be involved for the club's trip to Old Trafford this weekend and Brendan Rodgers is refusing to put a timeline on his return to action.

In January, Sturridge was slowly introduced back into the team after a long lay-off but required hip surgery, and the Northern Irish manager is once again erring on the side of caution.

As per, the manager said: “We’ve had Daniel Sturridge’s return to training [this week]. There’s no timeline on when he’ll be fit to participate in a game, but he’s back in training which is good.

“He looked really, really sharp in training yesterday – probably the best he’s actually looked fitness-wise in about 18 months.

“It’s going to be really good when he gets back, but I don’t really want to put a timeline on that.”

The former Chelsea forward was influential in helping the Anfield club challenge for the title in the 2013-14 season, scoring 21 goals in 29 league games.

If he can return to full fitness and rediscover his goalscoring touch the forward could be the perfect player to get the best out of Christian Benteke.


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