By Dominic Toner
Daniel Sturridge was fit enough to be named in Liverpool’s match day squad against Everton – and the club’s supporters were delighted with his inclusion on Twitter.
The 27-year-old has been sidelined with a calf injury and has not featured for the Reds since 19 November against Southampton.
He has been extremely unfortunate with injuries during his career and will now hope for a long run in the Liverpool team.
Sturridge has been included in the squad on Monday night as they travel to Goodison Park to face Merseyside rivals Everton
Central midfielder Emre Can has also made his return to the side from injury and joins Sturridge on the bench.
Liverpool fans have revealed their excitement with Sturrridge’s return and believe he could still make a big impact on the final result.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
A good strong team and some really strong options on the bench! So happy to see Sturridge back! He loves the Derby! Come on!!! #LFC
— Charlotte Webster (@CharWebster7) December 19, 2016
Sturridge back on the bench ??
— Anything Liverpool (@Anything_LFC) December 19, 2016
Finally,Sturridge could feature in a december game for #LFC
— Mohamed Ndiaye (@KloppRomantic) December 19, 2016
Sturridge and Can on the bench. That's good news.
— Justyn™ (@justyn_lfc) December 19, 2016
— hazzalad (@lfc_shirts) December 19, 2016
Sturridge on the bench!
— AnfieldKing (@AnfieldKingLFC) December 19, 2016
— Manny (@Emmy_0208) December 19, 2016
our bench is great today with sturridge and emre's return #lfc
— Home_LFC (@Home_LFC1892) December 19, 2016
Liverpool’s in-form striker Divock Origi retains his place in attack and Jurgen Klopp has been restricted in his attacking options recently.
Philippe Coutinho is not expected back until the end of December and Struridge’s return is certainly a huge boost.
The England international has scored four goals in 11 appearances this season, but is yet to register in the Premier League.
The striker does have a phenomenal record for the Merseyside club though, scoring 58 goals in just 103 appearances since his arrival at Anfield.
Liverpool will move up to second in the league table if they can gain the three points against Everton and would close the deficit to six points behind leaders Chelsea.
In other Liverpool team news, this rookie attacker has been called up to the senior squad.