If there has been a winner from Liverpool’s preseason, it is Daniel Sturridge.
Considered by many to be on the chopping block back in June, the striker has shown that he is well and truly part of manager Jürgen Klopp’s plans. Scoring goals and looking sharp in his all round game while doing it, he once again seems like a player who can offer something different to the side. His injury record remains a concern, but as part of a well rotated squad he can provide a useful option in a number of games.
The man himself is feeling the same way.
“I’m happy [with the goal and performance against Napoli] but I don’t like to miss chances either so I’m thinking about those ones more than the one I scored”, Sturridge told the official Liverpool website. Speaking about the game overall, he called it “brilliant”, adding that “everyone was pressing and creating for each other, counter-pressing, doing everything the manager asked of us – we can’t do any more than that. As long as we go out there and put our best foot forward, that’s all we can ask for. It showed from the first few minutes of the game.
“I’m just having an attitude of enjoying myself and not putting any pressure on myself or worrying about anything I can’t control. I’m just worrying about what I can control, which is what I can do. It’s only a week now until the season starts. We’ve got another big game on Tuesday, another important game for minutes in our legs. Then it’s the final preparation for the first game.”
In truth, especially when comparing to some other top sides in the Premier League, Liverpool look ready to go for the season right now. Sturridge is exactly right when he talks about the side looking strong and playing the way the manager wants, as anyone who has watched the preseason friendlies would attest to. Sturridge is very much a part of a Liverpool team looking to play expansive football, and we can’t wait to see it in the Premier League.