Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge returned to action on Sunday against Stoke City. He came on as a subsitute in the second half and immediately had an impact on the game assisting a goal from Luis Suarez.
As the game was coming to a close, Sturridge scored an unusual, but incredible goal. He took a great shot near the goal and the keeper made a great save. The ball kind of hung in the air and bounced just near the touchline, Sturridge who had run out of bounds came back in, chested it down and scored.
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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers praised Sturridge for his work during recovery.
“This week has been about looking to improve his football fitness,” Rodgers said, via Liverpool’s website. “He has been working outside for a couple of weeks so his physical fitness is at a good level. Having someone of that quality and stature back on the training field has given everyone a lift.
“We want to continue our improvement as a team in the second half of the season and that comes down to the availability of the players. We recently got Steven Gerrard back and now Daniel is back too. They are very important to us and it means hopefully for the run-in we will have a really strong squad.
“Credit to Daniel because he has worked very hard in his recovery phase. He’s also fortunate in that the body type he is allows him to recover very quickly. If you think back to the lack of pre-season he had, he missed nearly all of it but he came in and carried the can for us in that early part of the season.
“When we started playing games he was outstanding. He looks after his body well. All the statistics in terms of his body weight are exceptional. He has looked good over the past few days. He’s obviously not 100 per cent yet but to have that quality back out on the field certainly makes us better.”