Daniel Sturridge made his full return to action for Liverpool in the Capital One Cup quarter-final against Southampton on Wednesday, starting his first game under new manager Jurgen Klopp.
The England international started in a side made up of experience and youth, with ex-Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana manning the centre of the park and Belgian Divock Origi partnering Sturridge up front.
Since taking over at Liverpool, Klopp has given youth a chance to prove themselves and he was duly rewarded with his decision against the Saints.
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SUCCESS ON THE ROAD
The Reds are yet to lose away this season under the ex-Borussia Dortmund manager. This impressive form has seen them dispatch reigning Premier League champions Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge and Manchester City 4-1 at the Etihad stadium.
And this away form showed no signs of letting up after the Anfield outfit effortlessly brushed aside Southampton 6-1 at St Mary's Stadium.
STURRIDGE SPARKS COMEBACK
It looked as though it was going to be a long night for the Merseyside club when Sadio Mane put Southampton ahead after just 41 seconds, heading in a cross from the left.
However, Sturridge turned Liverpool’s fortunes around with two goals in four minutes, the first coming from a brilliant pass from Emre Can, which allowed the striker to put the ball on his favoured left foot and fire into the opposite corner.
Liverpool would later put another four past Maarten Stekelenburg, with Origi scoring a perfect hat-trick and Jordan Ibe cashing in as the Saints crumbled under the Reds' relentless pressure.
Sturridge’s brace and the influence he had on the game proved the striker will be vital to Klopp this season, with there renewed expectation that Liverpool can challenge for silverware this season.
If the former Chelsea and City striker can stay injury-free and replicate his form from two seasons ago, the sky is the limit for a Liverpool side craving success and spearheaded by one of the Premier League's deadliest finishers.
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