Raheem Sterling believes the return to fitness of Daniel Sturridge can turn Liverpool’s Premier League fortunes around.
Sturridge has missed 14 matches in all competitions for the Reds this season, having first injured his thigh on international duty, and then his calf in training.
The Reds have sorely missed the forward who fired 24 goals in all competitions last term, with Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert still to open their Premier League accounts.
Sturridge is predicted to return to action for the Reds next Premier League game at Crystal Palace, and Sterling believes his return can inspire a change in fortunes for Brendan Rodgers struggling side.
The 19-year-old told the Liverpool Echo: “It will be a massive boost to have Daniel back playing.
“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 [international] break now can help us.
“We need to get going 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.”