LONDON, Sept 18 Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hopes that England internationals Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson will provide the club with a boost by returning for Norwich City’s visit to Anfield on Sunday.
The skipper has missed the last four games due to a heel injury, which required injections during a medical trip to the United States this week.
The injury prone striker has not played since April, but recently returned to full training and is bidding to put himself in contention to feature for Liverpool as soon as possible.
The Reds return to Premier League action desperate to get a win against the Canaries after back-to-back defeats scuppered what looked to be a promising start to the season.
Asked whether he would consider pairing Benteke and Sturridge, Rodgers said “we’ve been waiting for that”. Jordan’s impact has grown during my time here.
“When you miss players of that calibre it’s going to have an impact”, Rodgers said.
There was better news, however, for Rodgers with Adam Lallana returning to training. He can stretch teams with his pace, and has wonderful variety in finishing.
“It (the lack of goals) has been an ongoing issue for a little while now but we will get there, and the players coming back will enhance that quality in the team and give us a greater opportunity to score goals”.
Rodgers said: “It’s about risk taking for us”.
“It’s an exciting dynamic to have Benteke and Sturridge”, added Rodgers.
Liverpool have scored only three goals in their opening three league games, but were given reason for optimism as a fringe side drew 1-1 at Bordeaux in the Europa League on Thursday.
Rodgers has already stressed his confidence things will improve for Liverpool, performance and results-wise, as time goes on.