Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana believes that the scheduled return of striker Daniel Sturridge in January can inspire them to finishing the season in the Premier League’s top four, reports the Liverpool
Sturridge played the club’s first three games of the season, inspiring them to wins over Southampton and Tottenham, but has proved a huge miss since suffering injury at the end of August, with further problems having hampered his recovery on two occasions since he was initially ruled out.
None of Liverpool’s strikers have scored a significant number of goals during that time and as a result last season’s runners-up have struggled, losing seven of their 18 Premier League games, form which leaves them lying in 10th place ahead of their meeting with Swansea City at Anfield on Monday evening. The club also went out of the Champions League at the group stage.
But despite their current position, the Reds still harbour hopes of making Europe’s premier competition again, and Lallana thinks that Sturridge can play a key role in helping them to achieve that. He said: “I speak to Studge and he’s working really hard to get back. Hopefully we’ll see him back playing early in the New Year. It will be like a new signing for us.
“It’s not going to be a carbon copy of Liverpool last season because Luis Suarez isn’t here and he’s a sensational player. If you take him out of any team you’ll miss him. But it’s the same with Studge. Having him back will lift everyone. I don’t see why we can’t still make the top four.”
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