Daniel Sturridge is reportedly in the best condition he’s been in since Jürgen Klopp arrived at Liverpool Football Club back in 2015.
Jürgen Klopp believes Daniel Sturridge is in the best condition that the German has seen him in since he arrived at the club back in 2015.
The former-Chelsea man has been plagued by injuries in recent years and seen his game time severely limited as a result, making just 46 Premier League appearances since the start of the 2014/15 season.
This year however, Sturridge has returned fit and firing to pre-season training and has impressed Klopp with what he’s shown him so far.
“Good, very good. Daniel has been a part of full pre-season so far,” Klopp said.
“It’s been quite intense but he’s been part of pretty much every session. It’s the best condition I’ve seen from him since I’m here. I came in October 2015 and Daniel, I think, was probably injured.
“Last pre-season was after a tournament and only a short break. But this year he has had a proper break and is in a good physical shape, absolutely.”
Sturridge has featured for 45 minutes in both of the Reds’ pre-season friendlies so far and is expected to take part against Crystal Palace on Wednesday as well.
Klopp believes the Asian tour will also be another step in the right direction for Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson, who will continue his return from injury and quest for full match fitness.
“He needs games and rhythm because that’s what he missed most in the last few months,” Klopp explained.
“It was a long, long time that we had to play without him and you saw in our first two games that he can run, he has no pain, he’s getting in a better and better physical shape.
“It’s a very important pre-season for him. It’s not the same shape and rhythm that it was before he got injured, but for all the players, that’s the same. The best thing is to play and train and often as possible.”
“He is an outstanding and important player for us. It’s very good for him that we have another two or three weeks before we really get going. We’ll give him as many minutes as possible and as many minutes that makes sense for him so we don’t overload him.”
Henderson himself has echoed this statement.
“I feel good. I’ve got a few more weeks to build on my fitness but my body feels good,” the captain reported to Liverpoolfc.com.
“I got through the last couple of games, which was a good confidence boost to get going again. I look forward to the next few weeks and hopefully I can go from strength to strength and be ready for the first game of the season.
“I’m just happy that I’m back training with the lads and playing games. I have been out for a while so I still think I’ve got a little bit more to go in terms of my general fitness and match fitness. Hopefully I’ll keep training and keep playing games, and that’ll come.”