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Sturridge Using Intense Preseason to Move Past Prior Disappointment

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In the Europa League final, Daniel Sturridge put Liverpool ahead of Sevilla with a stunning shot off the outside of his boot. Then he watched as the Reds wilted in the second half, losing 3-1 after a flurry of attacking excellence from the reigning tournament champions.

He suffered further heartbreak when England was knocked out of the European Championship by Iceland earlier in the summer.

But Sturridge, ever the optimist, claimed those letdowns are already behind him. And he hopes that he can continue to produce moments like the first half strike in Basel for Liverpool this upcoming season.

"It's something you reflect on at the time and then you move forward and try to put it behind you and focus on the future and there hopefully being more finals and success for the team," he said to the club's website about his recent disappointments. "You learn from your mistakes and that's the most important thing."

In moving forward, Sturridge has joined a pre-season in the United States that he called "probably the most intense I've ever experienced at any club."

"There has been a lot of hard work and a lot of running sessions, tactical sessions as well," he said. "It has been going well."

"I am feeling fresh. Pre-season is about pushing your body to the limits, so there has been a lot of sessions. You have to push yourself through the sessions as best you can."