Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge returned from injury to come off the bench for his side in their 1-0 win over Swansea City at Anfield on Sunday.
The England international has been facing increasing criticism this week after suffering another issue prior to Liverpool’s win over Bordeaux in the Europa League on Thursday night.
While boss Jurgen Klopp insisted that the striker needed to identify the difference between “serious pain” and normal pain, as reported by BBC Sport, Reds hero Jamie Carragher conceded that Sturridge now needs to change the perception that has been created by the number of problems he has suffered with, as noted by The Mirror.
Having spent so much time on the sidelines since arriving at Anfield, and particularly with the lack of playing time since Klopp’s arrival, the former Chelsea star will be desperate to secure a run in the side in order to dispel the doubts that many have over his general ability to stay fit.
However, the main focus for Liverpool will be on maintaining their current form which has seen them win their last three games in all competitions, and they have also now moved up to sixth place in the Premier League table.
Sturridge’s return, along with Jordan Henderson who also came off the bench against Swansea on Sunday, will be seen as a huge boost for Klopp. However, it remains to be seen whether or not the 26-year-old will continue to be available for selection in the coming weeks ahead of a busy Christmas schedule.