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Daniel Sturridge: Mario Balotelli and I can play together

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Striker Daniel Sturridge says there is room for himself and Mario Balotelli in the same team at Liverpool.

The two very rarely featured together this season after the 25-year-old spent weeks on the sidelines after picking a thigh injury while training with England and with the Italian also suffering fitness problems.

But the Englishman is confident that the two can be easily accommodated in Brendan Rodger's line-up.

"It [the goal] was important for Mario," Sturridge told the club's official website.

"He's been waiting for a while to break his duck and been working very hard in training, and now [that] he has scored one in the league I am sure things will start to go his way now.

"It's not easy to settle into a new team, a new area, a new lifestyle, with different people around you and so on and so forth.

"People don't ever take that into account. I try to do my bit [to help him], although I'm not taking any credit for him scoring against Spurs - I'm just happy he did!

"Of course we can get a good understanding going. I'd say I can play with any player not just Mario.

"Whatever team the manager chooses to put out I will do my best, whoever I have a partnership with.

"I try to adapt to whoever I am playing with and bring out the best in each other, and we [me and Mario] click when we are playing together.

"With Mario I can move around and go into wide areas because I know he will occupy the centre-halves. It's different, you play differently with different players and I am sure we will strike up a partnership in the future, I have no doubts about that.

"I like playing with a partner, but I also like playing on my own.

"It is down to whatever the manager chooses but it is important, whoever I am playing with, to help them play well. It is not just about me trying to do what I do."

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