Martinez: Everton won’t fear Sturridge

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has insisted that his side are not concerned by the scoring return of Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, ahead of the meeting between the Merseyside rivals on Saturday, reports the Liverpool Echo.

After five months out of action due to a succession of calf and thigh injuries, Sturridge made his comeback at the weekend against West Ham United. On as a substitute, it took just 12 minutes for the prolific 25-year-old to hit the back of the net, slamming home after receiving Philippe Coutinho’s pass.

He could be given his first Premier League start since August at Goodison Park in a game where Liverpool will be looking to make it six wins from seven top-flight outings, but Martinez is unworried by his presence.

“You can only play with 11. People can focus too much on one player,” said the Spaniard. “If they could play with 11 plus Sturridge then I would be worried. They have real quality and when you look at the money they spent, over £100m, you are not going to get bad players in their squad.”

Despite Sturridge’s return providing a boost for Liverpool, the Toffees also come into the game on a high, having won for the first time since December 15 against Crystal Palace last time out thanks to Romelu Lukaku’s early goal.

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