Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling says he is hoping to take advantage of the spot available in Liverpool's attacking line-up as the teen looks to break back into the team on a regular basis.
Sterling had a breakthrough season for the Reds in Brendan Rodgers' first campaign in charge at Merseyside but the 18 year old has struggled with consistency, leading some to speculate that he might be sent out on loan.
But with Sturridge ruled out of action for up to two months with an ankle injury, Sterling admits he's hoping that he will have the chance to fight for a more regular starting place in the attacking line-up.
"You've got to be on your game every time, so in training you've got to be working hard. Any moment in time, you can get a chance. I'm just working hard," he told the Liverpool website. "I'm not happy that Daniel has got injured, but I've got to step up to the plate if I get called and hopefully do well for the team. Hopefully I can get a few more starts and do well for the team."
Sterling featured for just over an hour against Hull at the weekend as Liverpool fell to a 3-1 loss but the England international believes that the Reds can bounce back and prove that they have enough depth to hold onto their top four spot.
On upcoming matches against Norwich and West Ham he said: "In these back-to-back games at home, hopefully we can go out there and get the six points that we need to get right back where we need to be.
"We've got big ambitions to be right up at the top end. Hopefully in these next two games we can do the job.
"We're only looking for the positives and today wasn't one of them. We'll take that into the game against Norwich on Wednesday. Hopefully we can get the three points and move on to Saturday.
"I thought we started off a little bit slowly, but gradually got into our game. We were just really disappointed to slip away at the end and lose two crucial goals."