In the latest Liverpool news, boss Jurgen Klopp has suggested Daniel Sturridge could have a big role to play in the 2018-19 campaign.
The striker has been plagued by injuries in recent years and while his Anfield colleagues reached the final of last year’s Champions League, he was nursing a hamstring issue that had dogged his unsuccessful loan spell at West Brom.
Klopp himself has questioned Sturridge’s mental toughness but the noises have been good from both the club and the player so far in pre-season.
A fit and firing version of the 28-year-old can be devastating in the area and he produced another encouraging display in Sunday’s 3-1 pre-season friendly defeat to Borussia Dortmund.
Liverpool open their campaign on August 12 against West Ham and, with many of his team-mates having been at the World Cup, Sturridge may well be given the chance to earn a regular spot in the side during the early part of the campaign.
The Reds are 4/1 to win the Premier League with bet365 and Sturridge’s nose for a goal will undoubtedly add a further string to their bow, should he remain fit.
Klopp has clearly been pleased with what he has seen, especially as the Birmingham-born striker has not shown any signs of fragility so far this summer.
With both domestic and European prizes to play for, the German coach feels Sturridge could prove to be a very important member of the squad.
“He is in very good shape, that’s true. It was a very intense pre-season so far and he was part of pretty much all the sessions,” he said. “He looks really good.
“Who doubts Daniel Sturridge when he is fit? I don’t. He is an outstanding player, hopefully he can stay fit and then the future is bright.
“He is experienced as well and has this kind of natural arrogance that you need on the pitch. I’m fine with him, 100 per cent.”