Henderson: Sturridge brings back fear factor

Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson believes the return of striker Daniel Sturridge has brought back the club’s fear factor.

Sturridge made his first Premier League start since October in Sunday’s 6-0 thrashing of Aston Villa, scoring the first goal at Villa Park.

Liverpool’s struggles in front of goal have been well documented this season, and Henderson is hopeful Sturridge’s return will mark an end to their scoring woes.

“[Sturridge] makes a huge difference,” Henderson said. “You can see in the games that he has played how much he has been missed.

“He has been brilliant since he has come back to training and is looking really sharp. Hopefully, he can continue to stay fit and cause problems when he plays.

“Everyone knows how good he is but because he has been out for a while, you do forget the quality he has got and how good he actually is.

“He definitely gives us that fear factor back. Any central defender playing against him will be wary. They know how quick he is, how sharp he is with the ball.

“He can cause anyone problems and I’m sure any centre-half in the world would be worried about coming up against him.”