Whatever criticisms you may have of ousted Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers it is impossible to argue with his decision to buy Daniel Sturridge.
Having kicked about on the periphery at Manchester City and Chelsea, there was an enigmatic aura surrounding the England international in his early career.
He was not a hugely fancied signing by Liverpool but he has turned out to be one of their best buys in recent years.
The one blot on the landscape is his injury record. He’s had a nightmare over the last year and Jurgen Klopp will be desperate to get him fully fit again.
To that end there is good news for Liverpool as the player returned to full training on Tuesday.
The Guardian reports:
Daniel Sturridge has moved a step closer to his first Liverpool appearance under Jürgen Klopp after returning to full training on Tuesday.
At 26 the England man has hit 42 goals in 69 games over 4 seasons for Liverpool.
Of course that figure would be much higher had he not been so regularly injured. And Klopp will not want to rush him back too early after so many fitness problems.
But it would be difficult to sign a striker this good – especially in January – and a fit Sturridge could realistically catapult Liverpool into the top 4, particularly with Chelsea so far off the pace.
But, first things first, a few substitute appearances should come over the next couple of games and we can assess how close the lad is to starting games again.
In other good news for the club James Milner and Jordan Ibe also trained this week after recent knocks.