Brendan Rodgers announces Daniel Sturridge return date

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Striker should be back early next year…

Brendan Rodgers is expecting Daniel Sturridge to return from his lengthy injury in a few weeks, the official Liverpool website reports.

As we painfully know, the 25-year-old hasn’t turned out for us since August, having injured a thigh muscle during a training session with England while on international duty.

He’s also missed two schedule return dates, and the lack of goals in his absence has been alarming.

Rodgers though thinks that his star forward will make his return next month, once his treatments in America have finished.

“That will probably be just after the Christmas period. The first phase of his rehab was out in LA where we did some specific work with him there,” he said.

“He’s gone to Boston to pick up the next stage, then he’ll move on again to a specialist facility out there and hopefully in the early part of the New Year he’ll be back and be somewhere close to being fit and playing.

“At some stage in January, we’ll look to get Dan back. That will be really exciting for this team.

“We’ll put him into the mix again and go back to that flow of our game and results, hopefully.”

Last term, Sturridge scored 24 goals in all competitions, 21 of which came in the Premier League we so nearly won.

His relationship up top with Luis Suarez was especially brilliant in 2013/14, and fans are hoping he’ll be able to form a similar one with Mario Balotelli this time around.

Our best performance of the season came when the pair started together away to Tottenham, but due to Sturridge’s injury, they haven’t played up top together since.

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