Daniel Sturridge Embraced By Team-Mates Amid FA Betting Probe As Liverpool Gear Up For Watford Test

Daniel Sturridge embraces team-mate Georginio Wijnaldum during training at Melwood

It was all smiles at Melwood on Thursday afternoon as Liverpool fine-tuned their preparations for the return to Premier League action this weekend. 

Jurgen Klopp’s unbeaten side travel to Watford on Saturday looking to keep up the pressure on Manchester City, who hold a two-point lead at the top of the table.

Daniel Sturridge was fully involved, and shared a warm embrace with Georginio Wijnaldum, Dejan Lovren and Mohamed Salah during the training session.

The England striker is likely to be on the bench again as The Reds aim for a 10th win of the season at Vicarage Road.

It comes amid Sturridge’s request for an extension to submit his answer to a charge that involves him breaching the Football Association’s rules on betting.

Sadio Mane shows off his toothy grin ahead of the return of the Premier League
Dejan Lovren and Mohamed Salah share a joke with Sturridge ahead of the Watford clash

Sturridge had been the subject of an FA investigation for several months and was initially given until 6pm on Tuesday to respond after being hit with the charge last Monday.

His request is now being considered by the Chairman of a judicial panel and the likelihood is that it will be granted.

The FA have the power to request a player who is under investigation for these kind of offences to be handed an interim suspension on grounds that he could be a threat to the game’s integrity.   

But on this occasion that will not be the case and Sturridge will be available for selection when Liverpool return to action against Watford on Saturday.

The 29-year-old has scored four goals so far this season but has not found the back of the net since the late equaliser at Chelsea at the end of September.

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