By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Daniel Sturridge makes his long-awaited Liverpool return against Sunderland on Saturday.

The striker has been named on the bench by the Merseysiders for their Premier League clash on Saturday afternoon.

It is the first time that Sturridge has been in the matchday squad since suffering a hamstring injury against Newcastle in early December.

Sturridge’s return comes after manager Jurgen Klopp claimed at his media briefing on Friday that the striker had no chance of being involved this weekend.

The England international has been plagued by a series of injuries over the last 18 months and has made just six appearances this season, four of which have been starts.