News coming out of Liverpool today is that Daniel Sturridge could be fit to face Stoke this weekend having successfully recovered ahead of schedule from the ankle injury he picked up in training at the end of November.
The Mirror reports that Sturridge is way ahead of schedule as he was only expected back at the end of January. This comes as good news for Brendan Rodgers as he now has another attacking option in the side. Of late, Suarez has been leading the line by himself with support from Sterling and Coutinho but the later two are very much goal shy and need to work on their finishing. Finishing is something Sturridge is very good at and it would be highly beneficially to have him in the side and finishing off the opportunities created for him.
The timing of Sturridge’s return is also perfect as Raheem Sterling has started nine of the last games and a break would do him some good so that he does not burn out like he did last season. I would not expect Sturridge to start against Stoke even though he is back in full training, but a cameo substitutes appearance against Stoke on the weekend is most likely.
There is no doubt that Suarez is the main man for Liverpool right now but he could do with some help from Sturridge. The two have formed a very good partnership and hopefully this combo continues to bare fruit for the Reds in the second half of the season as we are in serious contention to finish in the top four and maybe even push for the Premier League title.
One player who may not be too happy with the return of Sturridge is Iago Aspas. The Spanish striker got his first Liverpool goal on Sunday in the FA Cup and would have hoped to kick on from there with more appearances. But with the limited amount of games for Liverpool this season, Rodgers is set to field his best eleven as often as he can and Aspas will struggle to make the side ahead of Suarez and Sturridge. But the good thing is that we have a player in Aspas, showing glimpses of his potential, who can come in if need be.