Sturridge fit and ready to make an impact

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Daniel Sturridge feeling the best he’s ever felt at Liverpool Football Club and is more than ready to make an impact for the club this season. 

Daniel Sturridge got himself on the score sheet for the first time this season in the Reds’ 4-0 win over Arsenal.

The striker’s impressive little burst of pace and willingness to get his body on the end of Mo Salah’s cross saw him nod the home side’s fourth and final goal in at the near post and was reminiscent of the Sturridge of old.

The Englishman has been criticised endlessly over the last two years for his lack of fitness and inability to string games together, while also looking a shadow of the player he once was when he actually does take the field. The Reds’ no.15 however believes that he’s in the best shape he’s been in since arriving at the club.

“Of course,” he told when asked if he feels he’s at full fitness.

“It’s the nature of football – sometimes you feel great, sometimes you don’t feel great. You put your body on the line every time you go on the football pitch and you push yourself to your limit. You don’t want to hold back, you want to push yourself to your limit.

“I feel as sharp as ever, I’m ready to go,” he added.

“I had a great pre-season, felt really good and I’m looking forward to the future to be honest with you. I feel great, it’s the best I’ve felt for a long time, and I’m looking forward to this season.”

The 27-year old was not only positive about his own prospects but those of his teammates too, believing that the attacking prowess possessed by the club will be enough to blow away any opponent who stands before them.

“I think the way we go about our business, not just at home, but in general (with a) high press, it’s about starting fast also, putting the opposition under a lot of pressure, making them make mistakes and then capitalising on the counter-attack, as you saw (against Arsenal,” he explained.

“It was a great result for us and a great showing of our abilities.”

“With one or two results and you’re out of the running sometimes, and you saw from last season that teams who might not necessarily have started well ended well, so it’s important for us to pace ourselves, take one game at a time, not get excited.

“Every game counts at the end of the day. It’s not about beating the ‘big’ clubs, beating the ‘small’ clubs, it’s about every game being important. Every single game we play we have to play with the right attitude and put the right importance on it.”


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