Sturridge hopes to return for Chelsea clash


    Daniel Sturridge hopes to be fit to face former club Chelsea when they visit Anfield on Sunday afternoon.

    The 24-year-old missed the 3-2 win at Norwich City with a hamstring injury that saw him limp out of the clash with Manchester City the week before.

    But scans confirmed the injury was not as serious as first feared, and Sturridge – who has fired 20 Premier League goals this season – is ready to take on his former club as the Reds hope to go eight points clear at the top of the table.

    Daniel Sturridge v Sunderland

    “Hopefully this weekend I’ll be back,” said Sturridge.

    “I’m not too sure if he (Brendan Rodgers) will play me or not. We’ll have to see.”

    Sturridge as on target when the sides met in April last season, scoring in the 2-2 draw.

    The England international refused to celebrate against his former club that day, but reckons he may find it hard to do so again should he repeat the trick on Sunday.

    “I would like to show respect to my former club,” he said.

    “But if I were to come on and score in the last minute I’m going to be on a mad one, aren’t I?”

    “I don’t want to – but I don’t know if I could control myself if that happened.”

    Liverpool will be without midfielder Jordan Henderson, who is sitting out the second of his three match ban for the red card picked up against Manchester City.

    But the 23-year-old midfielder has backed Sturridge to make a return to the starting line up at the weekend.

    “He is a massive player for us,” Henderson said.

    “The last game against Norwich I thought we did brilliantly, but it’s always a bonus to have a player like Daniel back, so hopefully he is fit and can do the business at the weekend.

    “We’re in a very good position but nothing’s won yet. I think we’ve got to keep our feet firmly on the ground, starting with Chelsea.

    “And our focus is on not getting too carried away and just keeping on what we’ve been doing all season.”

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