With Jurgen Klopp recently saying that Daniel Sturridge is in the best condition he has been since he arrived at the club, the forward’s mental state appears to match his physical condition.
Daniel Sturridge has had his issues with injuries in recent years and while he has often sought specialist to combat his problems, the niggles have always seemed to follow him.
Jürgen Klopp, however, believes the forward is in the best condition he has been since he began his tenure as Liverpool manager in 2015.
The Englishman’s newfound fitness seems to be having a knock on effect on his mood and mental state as a recent interview with Liverpoolfc.com shows he is in good nick all round.
“I worked individually over the summer, worked my socks off in LA on holiday. It was a good vibe, good to be getting those metres in the gym and those types of things,” said Sturridge.
“Coming here and working with the gaffer and his team, and ensuring I’m in the best shape possible, is important for me going forward to help the team win trophies.
“I’m feeling good, I’m enjoying myself. I’m enjoying having banter with the boys and helping the new players settle in. It’s important.
“I was speaking to Phil [Coutinho] – we are probably two of the longest-serving players in this group. It’s funny to find ourselves in that situation. We were having a laugh about it.
“It’s our job to help the new players bed in and also to push ourselves to get to the next level. That’s the most important thing. The manager certainly tries to get every bit of juice out of the orange that he can. It’s a beautiful feeling.”
The 27-year-old continued: “We’ve got a good group of lads.
“I know a lot of teams say that but there are no big-time players here at all; everyone is humble about their business, everyone is here to succeed, everyone wants to win trophies, everyone wants to be the best they can be individually.
“The manager is pushing us to be the best we can be, as well as his staff. It’s a group effort, including everyone behind the scenes – they’re all helping us to get through this difficult period in pre-season.
“The vibe in the camp is the best it has been for a long time, it’s great.”
While many fans and pundits have their doubts that Sturridge can stay fit for most of the 2017/18 season, if he did, Klopp would be blessed with a wealth of attacking talent.
With the big money arrival of Mohamed Salah, Liverpool now have Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mané, Salah, Firmino, Divock Origi, Dominic Solanke, Danny Ings and Sturridge as forward options.
While the latter two are injury concerns, Klopp will feel comfortable with his attacking options heading into the new season.