The Italian scored in Tuesday night's 2-1 win over Swansea City to take his tally to two goals in 12 appearances.
Sturridge has been absent since August with successive thigh and calf injuries, but the ex-Reds boss thinks that the England international's comeback will lead to improved displays from Balotelli.
Evans told talkSPORT: "Sturridge's movement is great, he doesn't just stand up there. Mario is a bit static at the moment and if Daniel gets moving in and around him that could inspire Mario to greater things.
"[Balotelli's] work rate on the pitch hasn't been good enough. The one thing you must always give as a footballer is 100%
"I think the players were starting to lose a bit of trust in Mario, but scoring a goal last night will hopefully bring that back. I hope it takes him and the team forward."
Meanwhile, Sturridge has stated that he is looking forward to teaming up with Balotelli upon his return.