Daniel Sturridge
Sturridge returns to Liverpool's starting line-up for the trip to Blackburn (Getty Images)

Daniel Sturridge has revealed that he will not be back at his best form until next season, having spent the majority of this campaign on the sidelines due to a myriad of injuries.

Knee and ankle injuries have been the crux of his problems while a long-standing hip problem has been bothering him since returning in February. This has led to a massive drop in his form which had dried up Liverpool's goal reserves, especially after the departure of Luis Suarez.

Sturridge scored 21 goals in the league last season and contributed a major part in taking Liverpool closing to their maiden league win in more than two decades. However, Suarez's departure has had a cataclysmic effect on the team and Brendan Rodgers' transfers, which include Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli, have failed to deliver.

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Raheem Sterling remains Liverpool's highest goalscorer this season with six in the league, who find themselves struggling in sixth spot, seven points off a top four place.

"It's been great to be back involved, but it's taking time to get back in the groove of things. After being out for a long period of time this season has been very stop-start. This season is just about helping the team win something," Sturridge said.

"Next season is when you'll see what I can really do again. My performances will be back to exactly where they were before.

"You can't have time to get back in the groove of things. As soon as the games come about, I'm available and of course I'm going to be involved in some capacity.

"I am just happy to be playing. I am looking forward to finishing this season on a high, but next season will be when you really see what I can do," he added.

Liverpool will play Newcastle on Monday, having confirmed their place in the semi-finals of the FA Cup by beating Blackburn Rovers in the replay at Ewood Park.