By Alex Stevens
Daniel Sturridge is targeting Liverpool’s showdown with Manchester City for his comeback match, Football Insider sources understand.
The injury-prone England international, who has not played for a month, has resumed running outdoors and will start ball work later this week.
Sturridge is understood to be hopeful of taking part in full contact training next week and then be in contention for Liverpool’s next match, against City on 21 November.
The 26-year-old has yet to play for Jurgen Klopp after he injured his knee in a collision with team-mate Jordon Ibe on the eve of the new manager’s first game at Tottenham.
It led to Sturridge undergoing a number of scans to determine the extent of the damage and Klopp revealed that the striker would not be rushed back due to having fluid on his knee.
Barring any more mishaps, there is now a chance of him featuring against Premier League leaders City at Etihad Stadium after the international break.
Liverpool supporters have hardly seen the 26-year-old play in the last 12 months due to a succession of ailments from a torn thigh muscle to hip surgery.
It has been a chastening introduction to English football for Klopp as he lost Danny Ings with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his third training session, while Joe Gomez will also miss the rest of the campaign with a knee injury sustained on England Under-21s duty.
Mamadou Sakho became the latest first-teamer to join the treatment room when he suffered knee ligament damage against Crystal Palace last weekend, which will sideline him until the new year.