DANIEL STURRIDGE is hoping to be fit for Liverpool’s home clash with West Brom on Monday – so he can relish the experience once again of playing in front of the ‘best fans in the country’.
Sturridge has only experienced the unique Anfield atmosphere once in a red shirt.
Of his six Liverpool appearances – which have already yielded four goals – five have been away from home.
But after limping away from the Etihad Stadium on Sunday with an ice-pack strapped to a thigh problem, Sturridge is hoping to be fit for the visit of The Baggies.
He pulled out of tonight’s England friendly with Brazil and said: “I got a knock on my quad and I’m going to get a scan on it.
“Hopefully it’s not too serious and I’ll be okay for next week’s game. Because the Liverpool fans are the best in the country.
“I’m not just saying that because I’ve joined the club as I’ve always felt when I played against Liverpool that it had been a different kind of feeling with the way the fans get behind the team.
“It’s different to other teams and when you hear ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ you really feel the passion and it is in my heart.
“I’m delighted to be here and I thank the manager for giving me that opportunity.”
Sturridge believes that with the backing of the supporters the Reds can build on their recent Premier League form and challenge strongly for fourth place.
“We’ll regroup and get ready for our next game against West Bromwich Albion, which is another massive game for us because they are also challenging for the top places,” he said.
“We are nine points off the top four so it’s not a massive gap to try and recoup so hopefully we’ll be able to do that – we believe we can.
“We have still got to play Chelsea and Tottenham at home and the other teams challenging have to play each other so hopefully we can win those home games and stamp our authority.
“When teams come to Anfield we need to show what we are all about.”