Daniel Sturridge all smiles in Liverpool training – but will he or Roberto Firmino start at Crystal Palace?

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Daniel Sturridge was all smiles in training as Liverpool got back down to business in preparation for their trip to Crystal Palace at the weekend.

The England striker scored both goals in the League Cup win over Tottenham in midweek, and is now hoping it has proved enough to persuade manager Jurgen Klopp that he’s worthy of a starting spot at Selhurst Park.

Sturridge was an unused substitute against West Brom last Saturday, with Roberto Firmino once more preferred as the focal point of the Reds attack.

But Sturridge’s well-taken double on Tuesday – part of a man of the match display from the 27-year-old – will have increased his confidence of starting, and offered Klopp a selection headache.

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Klopp has preferred the pressing and work-rate of Brazilian Firmino as the furthest forward Reds attacker in the side’s 4-3-3 formation thus far in the Premier Leaguethis season.

Firmino spoke earlier this week of his adaptation in the role over the last 12 months, having originally been signed by Brendan Rodgers to play in more of a supporting role from deeper.

“I train every day to be better in this position. Any position in which I play, I will always do my best and strive to be better,” he said this week.

“I will always play with attacking intent in my position, but I am always looking to help my teammates in any way I can.”

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Sturridge’s brace against Spurs took him to four goals for the current season – all in the EFL Cup.

The ex-Chelsea and Manchester City star has made seven appearances in the Premier League, five of which have been starts.

But after being substituted on the hour mark during the 0-0 with Manchester United, he was unused against the Baggies.

With Klopp set to come up against Christian Benteke for the first time since the Belgian’s summer sale, will he call on Sturridge to lead the line? Or will Firmino again be given the nod instead?

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