Liverpool continue to show intent in the market, strengthening a side that went to the Champions League final, had a winning record against Manchester City, and even managed to keep pace with the runaway league leaders over the second half of last season.
But if Daniel Sturridge gets his way, it won’t just be big new signings helping the club to improve on last season’s stellar campaign. That’s because the striker, who has looked good so far in pre-season, is determined to stay fit and earn a first team role at the club.
“I see myself staying at Liverpool, hopefully being part of the team week in, week out,” the 28-year-old striker told the club’s official website. “Pre-season is going well, so for me it’s keeping my head down and building on that. I’m excited and it feels great to be back.”
With Sturridge, the doubt will never be about his quality—even with his pace having faded following a string of injuries, his talent, striking ability, and vision remains clear for all to see. If he can stay fit, and if he stays at the club, he will certainly improve the side.
The question, of course, is whether he can stay fit and whether it’s wise to count on him doing so. Still, if he’s determined to give it a go and is willing to accept a backup role, it wouldn’t hurt to keep him around as an option behind Roberto Firmino.
“I am feeling great and can’t wait to get the season under way,” he added. “We have the tour to come where we face some great teams. Pre-season is going well, so for me it’s keeping my head down and building on that.”