Liverpool and England handed MAJOR BOOST as striker returns to full training after five months out

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Daniel Sturridge has given both Liverpool and the England national team a major boost by returning to full training for the first time in five months, Metro Sport reports.

The 26-year-old has been sidelined since undergoing hip surgery following the FA Cup quarter-final replay against Championship outfit Blackburn Rovers back in April and initially returned to light training last month.

His return will certainly please Reds manager Brendan Rodgers as he has seen his side struggle for goals and the start of this season and also Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson, who will be looking to finalise his squad for next summer’s European Championships.

Sturridge’s return for the Merseyside outfit will ignite competition for places in attack even further as big-money summer signing Christian Benteke’s place in the starting XI will be under threat immediately if his performances don’t improve significantly.

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Sturridge is unlikely to be risked in the Reds huge clash against bitter rivals Manchester United at the weekend, but could return to action in the Europa League group stage game against Ligue 1 side Bordeaux next Thursday and there will be the possibility of a call-up to the Three Lions squad for the October double header.

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