Daniel Sturridge
Sturridge back in training. Getty Images/Alex Livesey

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has confirmed he has returned to first-team training.

The England international, who scored 21 league goals for the club last season, has not played for the club since the end of August after suffering a thigh injury on international duty.

A calf problem suffered in October further delayed his comeback to the first team but Sturridge could now be in contention for Liverpool's trip to Crystal Palace on 23 November.

The 25-year-old wrote: "Training was class. Happy to be back. Thank you Jesus."

Brendan Rodgers' side have struggled in Sturridge's absence, with their lack of a cutting edge up front contributing to a miserable start to the season.

Since Sturridge's last appearance for the club – a 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on 31 August - no Liverpool striker has registered a goal in the Premier League.

Their domestic travails have also been reflected in Europe, where their hopes of qualifying for the knock out stages of the Champions League depend on positive results in their final two group games.

The Reds currently sit third in Group B with three points, ahead of bottom club Ludogorets by virtue of their slightly superior goal difference.

Following their league clash with Crystal Palace, Liverpool travel to Razgrad to take on the Bulgarian minnows in a must-win encounter, before welcoming Basel to Anfield a fortnight later in a match that is likely to decide who joins Real Madrid in progressing to the next stage.