Steven Gerrard: Liverpool have missed Daniel Sturridge massively

Steven Gerrard says losing Daniel Sturridge to injury had a big impact on Liverpool

Steven Gerrard says Liverpool have missed Daniel Sturridge massively this season.

The Reds striker made his return from a string of calf and thigh injuries earlier in February after being sidelined for five months of the Premier League campaign.

The England international has hit the ground running following his injury lay-off, scoring two goals in five appearances in all competitions.

Discussing how Sturridge’s prolonged absence affected Liverpool’s season, Reds captain Gerrard told ITV Sport: “We have missed Daniel massively. He’s a top player and a natural finisher.

“He’s got pace and is always a threat. We just need him out on the pitch. Especially without Luis Suarez, losing him had a big impact on us, and the start we had to the season.”

Sturridge didn’t get on the score sheet on Thursday night as Mario Balotelli netted an 85th-minute winner from the penalty spot against Besiktas in the first leg of the Europa League last 32.

The England international scored 21 goals in just 29 Premier League appearances last season as the former Manchester City forward helped Liverpool piece together a Premier League title bid.

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Sturridge will have the chance to add to his two Premier League goals this term against Southampton at St Mary’s on Sunday evening.

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