Daniel Sturridge has had a few difficult seasons with Liverpool. Though when he's on the pitch, he still consistently scores goals, but the time between injuries seemed to get shorter and shorter. But after a positive pre-season, Sturridge says that he's in great physical condition and ready to help Liverpool win silverware.
"Getting some silverware is the aim for me this season. That’s what I’d love to do," Sturridge said. "We want to be as successful as possible. The main aim is to win trophies with Liverpool.
"That’s all I’ve wanted to do since I’ve been here. We have been so close to winning the Premier League, so close to winning two finals, but this year is the year when we have to try and win that trophy. I will let my feet do the talking. You guys have known me a long time and know I believe in myself."
If Liverpool could keep Sturridge fit and firing for a good chunk of the season -- a feat which hasn't happened since 2013-2014 -- it would be a huge boost to a team already riddled with injuries even before the season has begun. The England striker is well aware of the passing of time, and that he essentially lost two crucial years of his career to injuries.
Sturridge echoes the hopes of all Liverpool fans when he says that he wants this season to be the one where he regains the form he had back in 2013.
"God willing it will be that season," he said. "For me to play for Liverpool and show my abilities and show my qualities has always been the aim.
"I will continue to strive to be the best player – to be the best striker in the league and do the best for this club. I will strive to win silverware for this club.
"It’s God’s time. You know me, I’m always working, I’m always pushing myself to the limits and I want this to be the season where not just myself, but the team can be successful."
He did admit to feeling a bit "stiff" after his training sessions, saying, "We’ve done a lot of hard sessions and it has been great to able to complete pre-season in full and be raring to go. I felt quite stiff after the sessions, but against Roma I felt a lot better. I’ve continued training with the team and going through it, and the manager is pushing us to our limits. We are showing we are getting fitter with each game and I felt a lot fitter against Roma than I did in the last one."
He's successfully made it through the US summer tour, which can't be said for a lot of Liverpool's players, and there's less than two weeks until the season kicks off against Arsenal. He's off to a good start, but the team needs him to remain fit for as long as possible, and in particular, for the brutal first few months of the season.
Sturridge's ability and dedication have never been in question, it's just his body that continues to let him down. Hopefully his bad run of luck has finally come to an end, and he can help bring a trophy back to Anfield this season.