Since the end of the 2016/17 season, Daniel Sturridge has been injury-free and is now nearing new levels of fitness under Jürgen Klopp.
There’s no denying Daniel Sturridge’s ability but there’s no real need to talk extensively about his ability to score goals.
He has scored 60 goals in 119 competitive games for Liverpool, which is made all the more impressive when it’s considered that he is often coming back from injury yet manages to score without hassle.
Although Roberto Firmino is a top player that suits Klopp’s style of play, the importance of having a natural finisher like Sturridge cannot be understated – especially when he’s fit and firing.
There had been plenty of rumours and media speculation linking Sturridge with a move away from Liverpool but the forward is staying at the club for the new season.
When asked if he ever doubted that Sturridge would stay on Merseyside, Klopp told the Liverpool Echo, “What I can say is that he’s here, he’s training and this is 100% the best face since we got together.
“Did you see him train? He is really digging in and giving everything.
“He’s reaching for the next level, a new physical level and that’s really good news.
“We don’t have to talk about what a difference he could make, everybody knows about it. We just need to have it. We need him fit.”
Although Roberto Firmino is certain to start the season as Liverpool’s striker, with the added fixtures due to Champions League football, the Reds will need to rotate which will see more chances come Sturridge’s way than was the case last season.
“There will be different opportunities in different games,” added Klopp, who oversaw training at the club’s Bavaria base on Wednesday afternoon.
“We need a lot of options – different players with different styles of play.
“We always need to be quick but when we can’t be quick we need to be patient. All that stuff.
“I am really looking forward to it but I am happy that we still have a few weeks to train together and improve together.”
Liverpool play Hertha Berlin on Saturday before the first game of the Audi Cup will see the Reds pitted against Klopp’s old arch nemesis, Bayern Munich.
An unconfirmed third opponent awaits Liverpool next week before the Merseysiders will fly back to England.
Klopp’s players will be getting fitter and fitter as the days go by with the likes of Sadio Mané and Danny Ings needing to catch up after returning from injury.
Klopp will be able to field all of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Mané together for the first time against Hertha Berlin although the game might come too soon for the latter to start.
Liverpool’s first Premier League game of the season against Watford is just 16 days away with four friendlies to be played before then.