England attacker on course to face the Potters this weekend.
Liverpool have received a huge boost with the news that key front man Daniel Sturridge is on course to be fit for their Premier League opener with Stoke City at Anfield on Saturday lunch time, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
The Reds have been sweating on the fitness of the 23-year-old all summer long after the England international suffered ankle ligament damage playing for his country in their friendly international with the Republic of Ireland at Wembley Stadium in May.
That serious-looking knock has meant that Sturridge was unable to take part in any of Liverpool’s pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia earlier this summer, with the striker’s first appearance for the club since he was stretchered off at the home of football only coming last Saturday in the Reds’ final warm-up fixture ahead of the new campaign.
Sturridge was brought on as a second-half substitute against Glasgow Celtic at the Aviva stadium in Dublin and while his presence was still not enough to prevent the Merseyside giants from going down to the first defeat of their summer programme, his presence up front did immediately made the team more threatening.
And now after scoring twice in a specifically arranged behind-closed-doors friendly against Newcastle United on Tuesday the forward, who netted 11 goals in just 16 games for his new team in the second half of last season, looks set to start against the Potters.