Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes that getting Daniel Sturridge back on the pitch and playing in tandem with Christian Benteke is vital for his old side’s campaign.
The Reds started the 2015/16 season brightly with two wins and a creditable draw away at Arsenal, but back-to-back defeats at the hands of West Ham and Manchester United have brought expectations at Anfield crashing back down to earth.
However, there is a bright spark on the horizon for Kopites, with Sturridge close to returning to first-team action after being sidelined since back in May.
Brendan Rodgers has already claimed that the 26-year-old looks fitter than he has done for quite some time following surgery on his hip in America, and Gerrard believes that his potential partnership with Christian Benteke – who has netted twice for his new club in league action – could be vital:
“I think it’s vital Daniel Sturridge is back playing and firing as soon as possible,” he told Radio City, via talkSPORT.
“I think the key is the partnership he forms with (Christian) Benteke because if they click together there’s plenty more big games to finish high up in the league.”
Gerrard, now playing for LA Galaxy, featured in the same team as Sturridge and Luis Suarez, who are widely hailed as one of the best strike pairs in Liverpool’s history.