It appears that Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is ahead of schedule as he recovers from a hip injury and the suggestion is that the England man could be fit Liverpool striker could be fit enough to make the trip to Old Trafford to meet Manchester United on September 12.
Sturridge is expected to begin training in the next couple of weeks with the target or returning to action after the European Championship qualifiers, which will be held in early September.
Should Sturridge suffer no complications, he could then potentially be available for a difficult period in which Liverpool play Manchester United, Norwich, Aston Villa and Everton, as well as starting their Europa League and Capital One Cup campaigns.
Sturridge made only seven Premier League starts last season because of a series of injuries, and did not play for Liverpool at all between the end of August 2014 and the end of January 2015 after suffering two thigh problems and a calf injury.
The striker then tore a hip muscle during Liverpool’s 2-1 Premier League defeat at home to Manchester United on March 22. He was able to feature in Liverpool’s following two matches, but has not played since.
Two season ago Sturridge, playing alongside Suarez, was brilliant but after an injury blighted season, Liverpool went out and paid big money for Benteke, and the question will be how Brendan Rodgers manages to fit Sturridge, Bentke, Coutinho and Roberto Firmino all in the same line-up?
A year ago, a retuning Sturridge from injury would have automatically went straight into the Liverpool first team. Now I am not so sure that happens, especially if Benteke scores a couple of goals before the international break.