Daniel Sturridge scores Liverpool's second

Daniel Sturridge backed to be 'one of the top strikers in Europe' by Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

The 24-year-old is being backed to help England qualify for the World Cup over the next week

Joe Hart pictured training with England

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Roy Hodgson will be delighted to be able to pick from a fit squad of players

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Christian Benteke has been called-up by Belgium for their World Cup qualifiers even thought Paul Lambert admits he isn't fit

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert slams 'five-day rule' as 'a mockery' as he attempts to avoid Christian Benteke row with Belgium

Lambert claims the rule 'comes back and bites you' if a player misses an international and then appears for his club within the five-day period

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Brendan Rodgers relief as Aly Cissokho, Joe Allen, Glen Johnson and Philippe Coutinho near returns for Liverpool

Key players will be welcomed back either this weekend or after the international break

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<b>Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge</b><br/>
The duo were making a rare start together in the victory over Sunderland, and how they combined suggested the partnership could be one for defenders to fear above all others. Just six games into the season, Sturridge has five goals while Suarez has two in his one appearance.

Liverpool duo Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge form the best partnership in the Premier League according to readers of The Independent

We asked you which pair were the deadliest following Liverpool's 3-1 win over Sunderland last weekend

Jordan Henderson

Brendan Rodgers hails versatile Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson

The England midfielder was offered to Fulham twelve months ago

The altered Tube map to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Football Association and the London Underground

'The next station is Wayne Rooney. Please mind the gap.' The FA and London Underground release a tribute Tube map to celebrate 150th Anniversary

Footballing greats replace each of the 367 station names, but the real names unfortunately won't be changing anytime soon

Anzhi's Alan Gatagov acrobatically strikes the ball during a recent match against CSKA Moscow

Europa League: Tottenham ready to face Anzhi Makhachkala side shorn of expensive talent

Suleyman Kerimov's project to turn small club in Dagestan into one of Europe's strongest through sheer weight of cash is over

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<b>Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge</b><br/>
The duo were making a rare start together in the victory over Swansea, and how they combined suggested the partnership could be one for defenders to fear above all others. Just six games into the season, Sturridge has five goals while Suarez has two in his one appearance.

Poll: Are Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge the best strike partnership in the Premier League?

Brendan Rodgers hailed the Liverpool duo after they scored three goals between them against Sunderland at the weekend

Lionel Messi celebrates alongside Cesc Fabregas after scoring for Barcelona against Almeria on the weekend

Champions League: Lionel Messi absence no excuse for repeat of famous defeat, says Gerardo Martino

The Catalans boss insists his squad can play without 'the best player in the world' and admits there will be no excuse if they fail to come away from Celtic Park with the three points

Steven Gerrard feared Luis Suarez would leave Liverpool in the summer

Steven Gerrard reveals he 'woke every morning', hoping Luis Suarez would remain at Liverpool over the summer

Suarez had pushed for a move to Arsenal but has since said he is happy at Anfield and returned to the Premier League on Sunday to score twice against Sunderland

Luis Suarez celebrates his second goal on Sunday

Brendan Rodgers: 'Luis Suarez is so focused for us it is like a new signing'

Reds' manager praises striker after his double against Sunderland

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