Watch: Daniel Sturridge backed to make England return by Liverpool team-mate Gini Wijnaldum

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Liverpool frontman Daniel Sturridge

Liverpool frontman Daniel Sturridge is proving himself as more than able understudy to Roberto Firmino after scoring crucial goals for Jurgen Klopp’s side this season.

Sturridge has four goals across the Premier League, Champions League and League Cup so far this term with his latest an absolute rocket after rising from the bench to grab a deserved point at Chelsea.

The 29-year-old’s recent form coupled with his improved injury record has seen talk of an England recall begin to gather momentum.

And his club team-mate Georginio Wijnaldum believes Sturridge, who won his last of his 26 England caps in October 2017, should be in Gareth Southgate’s next squad.

Check out what the Dutch midfielder had to say in the video below ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Napoli…

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Jurgen Klopp rues Liverpool's missed chances in draw with Chelsea

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp lamented missed opportunities, with Mohamed Salah, his replacement Xherdan Shaqiri and Roberto Firmino all culpable during their 1-1 draw away to Chelsea.

“Six, seven times we had big chances,” the Reds boss said.

“We gave them one proper chance, they used it and we didn’t use ours. That’s how life is.

“As long as we play like we did tonight we will win football games.”

Klopp refused to criticise last season’s top scorer Salah, who spurned a host of chances.

“It was not Mo’s best game of his career, 100 per cent,” Klopp said.

“In a game like this constantly in situations he comes in, that makes you a world class player. You fail, you miss, whatever, that happens.

“He wants to be decisive, he wants to score in these situations.

“The first ball he missed it was not the right position. The next one he passed. Why? He could’ve finished again.

“It’s like riding a bike. It’s not like you wake up in the morning and you cannot finish any more or cannot ride a bike any more.”

Sturridge proved that fact again, striking from 25 yards at his former club after years of injury after injury.

“He’s in the best shape since I’ve known him,” Klopp added.

“It’s really cool. I’m really happy for him.

“When he came in the dressing room it was pretty loud. The boys were really happy for him because he’s in a good moment.”

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A late strike from Daniel Sturridge salvaged a point for Liverpool in their 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Eden Hazard gave the hosts the lead on Saturday with a fine finish in the 25th minute.

It looked like the Blues would hold out for the win but Sturridge came off the bench to score a brilliant equaliser in the thrilling encounter.

Here, we rate the performances of the Liverpool players.

STARTING XI

Alisson Becker – Did well to even get a hand to Hazard’s opener while denying the Belgian in a one-on-one later on after similarly thwarting Willian during the early exchanges. 7

Trent Alexander-Arnold – Got forward down the right and created a few openings with his passes through for Mohamed Salah. Struggled to keep track of Hazard down his side though. 6

Joe Gomez – Couldn’t get close to Hazard for the opener. Worked hard otherwise and showed great discipline while also making some neat interceptions. 7

Virgil van Dijk – Marshalled the defence well, commanding the back-line. Was almost given the slip by Hazard on one occasion but kept Olivier Giroud quiet while winning eight aerial duels. 7

Andrew Robertson – Early mistake to let Willian in but was much better after that. Whipped in a superb cross for Xherdan Shaqiri who should’ve scored the equaliser. 6

Georginio Wijnaldum – A subdued performance from the Dutchman. Was sloppy on a couple of occasions and nearly let Alvaro Morata in with a loose back-pass. 5

Jordan Henderson – Worked hard and closed down the opposition well but had little impact on the game when in possession. Was replaced when the Reds needed to push forward for the equaliser. 5

James Milner – Another energetic display from the Englishman. Hooked the ball into the box for Roberto Firmino late on who was denied with a clearance off the line. 6

Mohamed Salah – This was nearly a good performance from the Egyptian. He did a lot right but the final pass or finish proved to be elusive. Was denied with a clearance off the line after rounding Kepa. 6

Roberto Firmino – He was the creator in the final third again, playing three key passes while being denied a goal of his own by David Luiz’s intervention on the line. 7

Sadio Mane – Proved to be a slippery customer at times and threatened with his pace but lost the ball too often and lacked composure in good positions. 6

SUBS

Xherdan Shaqiri – Should’ve made an instant impact off the bench but put a glorious chance wide. Laid the ball off for Sturridge to pick up an assist though. 6

Naby Keita – Replaced Henderson and provided more thrust from midfield, driving forward and committing Chelsea players. N/A

Daniel Sturridge – Was only on for the last five minutes but stole the headlines with a sensational strike into the top corner to salvage a point. N/A

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