Jamie Carragher urges patience with returning Daniel Sturridge

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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has warned fans to not expect too much from Daniel Sturridge, reports the Mirror.

The striker is returning from a two month injury, and is likely to be available for Liverpool’s next Premier League clash with Crystal Palace, which comes after the international break.

In his absence, we’ve massively struggled to finish chances in the final third, and the team has lacked pace and dynamism – but Carragher doesn’t think the England striker will fix all of our problems straight away.

“You can’t just expect Sturridge to come in and fire on all cylinders,” the now Sky Sports pundit said.

“He has been out for while so you don’t want to put too much pressure on him, but it looks like it is down to him because there is not much else there at the moment.

“Hopefully, when this international break is out the way, we will start seeing the real Liverpool. It will be a different Liverpool to last season, for obvious reasons – Luis Suarez going and the new players coming in – but we have to start picking it up because before you know it Southampton might even be too far ahead, never mind the other top teams.”

Currently, as Carragher kindly pointed out, we’re 11 points behind Southampton, the club we signed three players from this summer for a combined fee of around £50m.

Dejan Lovren might struggle to get into the side once Mamadou Sakho returns from injury, and Rickie Lambert has yet to bag a Premier League goal – but Adam Lallana has been one of the better summer signings so far.

Sturridge’s absence though has proved he’s arguably our most important player with Luis Suarez gone, and although Carragher is right to limit our immediate expectations; most fans are hoping his return rejuvenates the side.

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