Phil Thompson explains why Daniel Sturridge return key to Liverpool

The former Liverpool captain runs rule over Daniel Sturridge's return

Daniel Sturridge brought a better balance to the Liverpool side upon his return to the starting line-up, according to Phil Thompson.

The Reds striker made his first appearance for the Merseyside outfit since April in a 1-1 draw with Norwich City at Anfield in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

I’d be tempted to give him another 45 minutes in the Capital One Cup

Phil Thompson

Although Sturridge failed to score on his return to top-flight action, the 25-year-old tested Canaries goalkeeper John Ruddy with a number of efforts in the stalemate.

And former Liverpool captain Thompson is encouraged by Sturridge’s display and the performance of Brendan Rodgers’s side as a whole despite the disappointing result.

“The balance of the side looked better with Sturridge helping Rodgers’s system,” Thompson told Sky Sports ahead of Liverpool’s League Cup clash against Carlisle.

“Sturridge did look very rusty though and if he’s not feeling too stiff, I’d be tempted to give him another 45 minutes in the Capital One Cup.”

Danny Ings gave Liverpool the lead early in the second half with his first goal for his new club, but Rodgers’ men were pegged back when Russell Martin profited from Simon Mignolet’s error on a corner in the 61st minute.

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Sturridge moved to Liverpool from Chelsea in 2013.

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