Sturridge delighted by scoring return

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge admitted that he felt ‘great’ after capping his long-awaited return from injury with a goal as he helped his side see off West Ham United 2-0 at Anfield, reports the club’s official website.

The 25-year-old had not featured for club or country since the 3-0 win at Tottenham on August 31, suffering an injury while with the England national team at the beginning of September. It was the first of a succession of problems, which significantly delayed his comeback.

The Reds controlled most of Saturday’s game, with only wasteful finishing preventing from going into the break a goal ahead. Lazar Markovic put the best chance wide when well placed. However, Raheem Sterling broke the deadlock on 51 minutes when he fired low past Adrian after Philippe Coutinho’s chipped pass.

Sturridge was soon introduced, and it took him just 12 minutes to hit the net as he latched on to another Coutinho pass before slamming the ball home at the near post. After the game, he admitted he was thrilled to be back with a goal, saying: ‘It was a great feeling to help my teammates get three points. 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.”

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