Raheem Sterling is hopeful that Daniel Sturridge’s long-awaited return from injury will be enough to revive Liverpool’s stuttering start to the season.
The England international featured in the Reds’ opening three games of the Premier League campaign – scoring once against Southampton – before injuring his hamstring while away on international duty.
He was expected to return two-three weeks ago, but a calf problem struck which has left him sidelined since.
In the meantime Liverpool’s results have slipped, and three defeats in one week leave the Merseysiders in the bottom half of the Premier League and in real danger of failing to quality from their Champions League group.
Speaking ahead of the Chelsea loss on Saturday, Sturridge revealed that “god willing” he will be fit for the club’s next fixture against Crystal Palace, and Sterling is hopeful that his attacking team-mate will help to sort out the issues at Anfield:
“It will be a massive boost to have Daniel back playing,” He told the Liverpool Echo.
“We have missed him and the more quality players you have fit and available the better.
“He gives us that threat in the box and he scores goals. We’re all really looking forward to having him back in the team.
“After a defeat you usually want the next game to come along fast but I think having this break now can help us.
“We need to get going after the international break and start winning games to turn this around.
“Losing hurts, especially losing a big game at home. Every team goes through sticky patches but I’m sure we’ll start climbing the table soon.”