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The 24-year-old forward has been struggling with a thigh injury and was restricted to a substitute's appearance in the Merseyside derby.

Daniel Sturridge could return to Liverpool's starting lineup for the trip to Hull City on Sunday after training "exceptionally well" this week, according to Brendan Rodgers.

The 24-year-old, who has been struggling with a thigh injury, was restricted to a brief substitute appearance in the 3-3 draw at Everton last weekend but still found time to grab a last-gasp equalizer. He now has nine goals in 12 Premier League games this season and Rodgers said the striker may be handed a start at the KC Stadium.

"He has certainly trained very hard this week," he told the club's official website. "We've got another day to go to prepare and see where all the players are at. I like to give all the players every chance to show that they can be in the team. He has worked exceptionally well and, when he does that, his quality is there for everyone to see."

Liverpool is winless in its last three away league matches but remains in the hunt behind leader Arsenal.

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