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Thursday 8 December 2016

Top trio set for Anfield return

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge could feature against Norwich City tomorrow
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge could feature against Norwich City tomorrow

Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge and captain Jordan Henderson could both make their comebacks in tomorrow's home clash with Norwich, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has indicated.

Sturridge has been back in full training since last week after recovering from a hip operation in May, while midfielder Henderson this week underwent a specialist procedure in the United States in an attempt to cure an ongoing heel problem.

And Rodgers said: "Jordan will train so we'll see how he comes through that - he has obviously been away and had some work done on his foot, so hopefully all will be well with that but we'll assess it over the next 48 hours.

"Daniel has been training with the team now for a week or so and again we will assess that in relation to the game."

As well as Sturridge and Henderson, sidelined since mid-August, Liverpool were also without the key figure of Philippe Coutinho for last weekend's 3-1 loss at Manchester United as the playmaker served a one-match suspension.

That result left the Reds with only seven points from their opening five Premier League games of the season, a sequence in which they scored just three goals.

Rodgers has already stressed his confidence things will improve for Liverpool, performance and results-wise, as time goes on.

And he reiterated that, adding that the return of various personnel - midfielder Joe Allen is also now fit after missing the season so far due to a hamstring problem - will be vital.

"We now have players hopefully coming back, which will add to the squad and see us go on a run of games where we can perform well and get the victories," he said.

"Daniel, on his game, is one of the best there is - there are not too many who can compare with him when he is at his level.

"When he can stretch teams like he can with his pace and the wonderful variety in his finishing, you put Christian (Benteke) alongside that, Coutinho in behind that or to the side of it, then other players support that - it is a really exciting dynamic.

"We have probably been waiting for that for quite a period of time but those types of players like Daniel, with that quality, can give a totally different perspective to your team.

"And the reality is we are only a few points off where we'd want to be and there is still a long way to go."

With regard to the scrutiny Liverpool are under and their search for goals and points, Rodgers has emphasised the importance of staying calm.

"It is about never getting too carried away if you win or disappointed if you lose," he said.

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