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Daniel Sturridge trains amid the snow yesterday as he prepares to make his return to Brendan Rodgers' team

Daniel Sturridge trains amid the snow yesterday as he prepares to make his return to Brendan Rodgers' team

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Daniel Sturridge trains amid the snow yesterday as he prepares to make his return to Brendan Rodgers' team

Striker Daniel Sturridge is likely to make his first appearance in five months when Liverpool play West Ham on Saturday.

Sturridge, who has not played for the Reds since August due to thigh problems, is in "top-class condition" according to manager Brendan Rodgers, who will decide on Friday whether to start the England forward or put him on the bench.

Liverpool will also assess defender Mamadou Sakho, who suffered a back injury in the Capital One Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea on Tuesday.

Provisional squad: Mignolet, Johnson, Can, Sakho, Skrtel, Manquillo, Moreno, Henderson, Allen, Enrique, Lallana, Coutinho, Sterling, Lovren, Lucas, Lambert, Borini, Sturridge, Rossiter, Markovic, Ward.

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