The striker has been out of action for five months, but showed no signs of rustiness with an emphatic finish following Raheem Sterling’s earlier strike
Daniel Sturridge was on target in his first Premier League appearance since August as he rounded off the scoring in Saturday’s 2-0 win over West Ham at Anfield.
Sturridge has been plagued with groin and thigh injuries so far this term, but came off the bench to add to Raheem Sterling’s opener after the forward had given Liverpool the lead shortly after the break.
The mood was positive around Anfield prior to the fixture due to Sturridge being named on the bench and Sterling added to the feel-good factor by helping maintain Liverpool’s mid-season revival with a smart finish following a clever pass from Philippe Coutinho.
Chances continued to prove few and far between, but Sturridge’s return for the final 22 minutes gave Liverpool added impetus.
The England international then finished from close range to put the game to bed and extend Liverpool’s unbeaten run in the league to seven matches as the hosts leapfrogged Sam Allardyce’s side into seventh.