Daniel Sturridge is back in the Liverpool squad for this evening’s Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, but he should not be the visiting player who Manchester City are most worried about.
Philippe Coutinho has been the scourge of City in recent seasons, scoring three times in his last four appearances against Manuel Pellegrini’s side. And a couple of them have been bangers too!
The Brazilian playmaker has shown in recent weeks that he is ready to grab big games by the scruff of the neck. He scored twice to almost single-handedly drag the Reds to a 3-1 win at Chelsea in October.
He added to that double with another goal in the 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace at Anfield a fortnight ago, and will be hoping to pick up where he left off following the last international break until March.
Sturridge used the two-week interlude to continue his recovery from a knee injury which has prevented him from featuring under Jurgen Klopp and has now declared himself fit, as The Guardian reports.
The England forward will likely start from the bench against his former club, whom he left in 2009 to join Chelsea before his Liverpool switch. If Coutinho torments City again, he might not be needed.
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