Liverpool stars set for return

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 yesterday: “Jordan will train today 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.

Joe Allen is also now fit after missing the season start with a hamstring problem.

“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,” said Rodgers.

“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.

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.

“It (the lack of goals) has been an ongoing issue for a little while now but we will get there, and the players coming back will enhance that quality in the team and give us a greater opportunity to score goals.”

Liverpool announced yesterday that defender Mamadou Sakho has signed a new long-term contract.

The 25-year-old said: “I am very happy to sign a long-term contract because, as I’ve always said, I am very happy here and my family are happy.

“It is important for me because every day when I wake up, I am very happy to come into the training ground with all the players.”

The news will be welcomed by Rodgers, who indicated Sakho was in contention to start in Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Norwich.


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