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Daniel Sturridge hands Klopp a boost

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has now returned to training at Melwood after suffering a knee injury last month.

The 26-year-old has only been fit enough to feature in three matches this season for the Reds after undergoing hip surgery toward the end of last term.

Sturridge man then suffered a knee problem during training before the game against Tottenham on October 17 to extend his injury nightmare.

Anfield chief Jurgen Klopp also saw James Milner and Jordon Ibe return to training this week following hamstring and knee injuries respectively.

Milner and Ibe could now be back for Saturday’s tea-time clash with Premier League leaders Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

However, it is thought Klopp will be cautious with Sturridge and it looks unlikely that the hitman will be risked against one of his former clubs.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men have set the pace in the top flight this season although they only top the standing on goal difference from Arsenal, with both on 26 points after 12 games of the campaign.

Liverpool remain off the pace after a slow start that cost Brendan Rodgers his job, with the Kop outfit in 10th place on 17 points.
Klopp’s side then have a favourable run of fixtures ahead and will be confident of climbing the table as they will take on Swansea (h), Newcastle (a), West Brom (h), Watford (a) before the hectic Christmas and New Year programme.