Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has praised the return of Daniel Sturridge as he looks to guide his team back into the top four, according to reports from the Express.
The 26-year-old struggled with injury throughout the previous season and only managed to register 18 appearances last term.
His absence along with the sale of star striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona has seen the Reds struggle to replicate the form which saw them finish second in the league two campaigns ago.
However, Rodgers believes that the return of Sturridge can now help him bring the team back to their previous success.
“He is in that elite band of player,” he said.
“We’ve seen the brand of football we can create when we have that talent available.
“He played a massive part in that, so if he stays fit and others come into the reckoning we can piece together an exciting team again. Those players make the difference.
“He gives you a big opportunity to win games and compete at the top end of the table.”
He made an instant impact following his return to action, scoring two goals in the recent 3-2 Premier League win over Aston Villa to help his side earn all three points.
The Reds will now take on Sion in the Europa League on Thursday before travelling to Goodison Park for the Merseyside derby against Everton at the weekend.