Liverpool have received a major injury boost in the form of Daniel Sturridge, who is set to return to training by the end of the month. The Reds hope the striker will be available for selection for their game against Manchester United in September, according to the Daily Mirror.
Sturridge was out for a major part of last season with recurring injuries, for which he sought help in the United States where he is currently rehabilitating. His decision to stay back has paid high dividends as the player would return well ahead of schedule, with the initial prognosis ruling him out until atleast November 2015.
Sturridge scored 21 goals for the Reds in the 2013/14 season when they finished second in the league, two points adrift of Manchester City, who beat them at the end to clinch their second league title in three years.
The England international has not played a part since their FA Cup win over Blackpool on 12 April, following which they crashed out of the tournament to Aston Villa, in the semi-finals at Wembley.
The 25-year-old would add to their goal scoring threat up front, with Christian Benteke adding a new dimension to their squad, after his transfer from Villa last month.
Brendan Rodgers has invested heavily in the squad this season, bringing in seven new faces in the form of Nathaniel Clyne, James Milner, Roberto Firmino, Danny Ings, Adam Bogdan, Joe Gomez and Benteke to take their squad to challenging for a place in the top four.
The former Swansea manager will be hoping that the players can get themselves up to speed with the league as soon as possible in order to facilitate a bright start, something they failed to do last season and had to contend with a sixth-place finish.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reports that Rodgers has lost patience with Mario Balotelli and has told him that he has no future at the club and will be better served seeking a career elsewhere.