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Fourth place Liverpool will look to keep pace with the leading pack when they take welcome Aston Villa to Anfield, in the evening kickoff on Saturday.
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The Reds have made a stunning start to 2014 winning all three games to date in January with 9 goals scored and just two conceded. Brendan Rodgers side have lost two of their last 9 games, losing away to both Manchester City and Chelsea, winning 6 league games and one cup in that run.
The last time out the club beat Stoke 5-3, a game that saw Daniel Sturridge return to action with a goal and an assist.
The England’s man return to form so early after a two month absence was most pleasing to his manager who has tipped the player to become a truly world class forward.
“My opinion on Daniel has only been reinforced through the time that I have worked with him,” Rodgers said. “Overall I think he’s got a wonderful opportunity over the next couple of years of being world-class.
“He has every tool, he has every quality to be a world-class striker, similar to what Luis Suarez is. If we get him onto the field on a regular basis, if he gets a bit of luck and stays clear of injury, then he can be (world-class) for sure.
“This period out with injury has refreshed him mentally. He comes back in the second part of the season now in a real good moment.
“I think it really signified how hard he worked in his injury period when he came into the game at the weekend.
“He made an immediate impact, physically he looked very strong and mobile and fast in his reactions. That’s a great credit to him and how focused he’s been on getting back.”
Sturridge looks set to start on Saturday resuming the SAS partnership with Luis Suarez that has so far this season yielded 31 league goals.
Joe Allen and Mamadou Sakho are also back in contention following recent injuries however Daniel Agger, Jon Flanagan, Sebastian Coates and Jose Enrique are all out.
Villa meanwhile received their own striker boost on Monday when Christian Benteke scored his first goal since September in the 2-1 loss to Arsenal.
The Belgian has had a mixed season, starting the season on-fire but then succumbing to injury and the goal will be a welcome boost ahead of the second half of the season.
The arrival of Grant Holt on loan from Wigan will help ease the striking burden on Benteke with the former Norwich man set to go straight into the squad.
Nathan Baker misses out after he suffered concussion against Arsenal.
Four of Villa’s six wins this season have come on the road but they face a tough task against a Liverpool side that has won 10 of their 11 games at Anfield this season