Date: 1st February 2015 at 10:11pm
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Daniel Sturridge said he was relieved to be able to help the team once again, having scored just 12 minutes into his comeback on Saturday.

The striker clinically dispatched the Reds second goal in the 2-0 victory over West Ham, having been on the pitch for the first time in five months.

“It was a great feeling to help my teammates get three points,” the 25-year-old told the club’s official website.

“That’s the most important thing – to just be out there and helping the team win games.

“It was great play by Coutinho. We have a great relationship – he knows my runs and I know the types of passes he likes to play as well. He makes my job easier.

“Once I saw him cut inside, I knew the ball would come and it was just a case of getting it under control and hitting the target.”

Sturridge also had words of praise for Raheem Sterling, who has been deployed as a makeshift striker in his absence, and opened the scoring yesterday with his eighth goal of the season.

He said: “He’s done extremely well. He’s working hard and I’m proud of him as his ‘older brother’ to look at him and see how well he’s done.

“I just hope he continues to work hard and play in the way he has because he’s improving every single day. He takes it in his stride – he doesn’t get too big headed, he doesn’t get overly confident with anything.

“I take him under my arm when he goes through difficult times as well, but I give him all the credit in the world and I’m really proud of him.”