Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge has completed a full training session with the rest of the squad for the first time in two months.
Sturridge, who last trained with the rest of the squad before the defeat to Newcastle on 6th December, came through the session at Melwood on Wednesday afternoon unscathed.
The 26-year-old increased his training after finally completing 10 successive training sessions on his own, as part of what manager Jurgen Klopp described as a mini-pre-season.
Speaking at his pre-Leicester press conference, Klopp had explained that Sturridge was due to take part in Wednesday’s session.
Speaking on Monday Klopp joked that having the injured quartet back would be like new signings.
“These are our transfers! It’s good for us, of course,” he said.
Sturridge last played for Liverpool as a substitute in that defeat at Newcastle, which was days after his goalscoring return against Southampton in the League Cup – the first time he’d featured under Klopp.
In total, the England international has missed 55% of Liverpool’s games since joining the club three years ago last month.
Writing in the Telegraph today, journalist Chris Bascombe claims: “Beyond those muscle strains, there are numerous other ailments that have been known to occupy the time of anyone walking around Melwood with medical expertise.”
Having a fit and firing Sturridge available would be huge for Liverpool, who haven’t scored for the last five hours of football played.
His return would also coincide with the League Cup Final at the end of the month.
Whether he can avoid injury and get back on the pitch is something no Liverpool supporter will be banking on, but certainly know it could transform the end of the season.