Returning star vital in saving season, says Liverpool hero

Former Liverpool star John Aldridge is hopeful that Daniel Sturridge’s return from injury will spark an upturn in results at Anfield.

The strike star – who netted 20 goals last term – has been out of action thorough injury since early September, which has coincided with an alarming drop off in results and performances on Merseyside.

With 11 games down, Liverpool are currently in the bottom half of the table and appear to be out of the title race, while finishing fourth looks set to be a big battle.

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Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert have all failed to find the back of the net in the Premier League in the absence of Sturridge, which has led many to believe that the 25-year-old’s imminent return – likely to be the in Reds’ next game against Crystal Palace – will revive the clubs ailing season.

And Aldridge is firmly in that camp:

“At the moment we’re struggling badly. It goes without saying, we’re playing like a mid-table team so there’s a lot of work to be done.” He told Sky Sports.

“We need, it’s imperative, on the back of getting into the Champions League this year we attain it again and keep on rebuilding because the best players always want to play in the Champions League.

“Short-term, it’s to get Daniel Sturridge back, gain some belief in the team. Confidence is so low defensively, (and) in attack we’re not scoring goals. We’ve three forwards who haven’t scored a league goal between them (Mario) Balotelli, (Fabio) Borini and (Rickie) Lambert. Goals win you games and get you points.”


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