Klopp Backs Sturridge Ahead Of New Season
Liverpool will have their hands full as they will be competing in the UEFA Champions League and Daniel Sturridge is expected to be injury free in the 2017/18 football season.
His manager, Jurgen Klopp plans to unleash an injury-free striker in the new season with the England forward back in training fully fit and focused.
"It's the best condition he has been in since I have been here," Klopp told reporters in Hong Kong on Tuesday ahead of his second full campaign as Liverpool manager.
Sturridge has been troubled by a spate of injuries since joining the Reds from Premier League rivals, Chelsea in 2013 and hip problems restricted his impact to just seven goals from 27 appearances last season.
The 27-year-old has recently been linked with a big-money move to China, but Klopp insisted Sturridge was going nowhere, backing him to return to the kind of form that almost helped bring Liverpool a league title in his first season on Merseyside.
"He has been part of a full pre-season so far so that is very positive," Klopp said before Liverpool took part in the Premier League Asia Trophy also involving Leicester City, Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion.
"It has been quite intense what we have done and he has pretty much been part of each session so that is good. He is in good physical shape."
Amid fanfare over the arrival of record signing Mohamed Salah to Liverpool, signed from Roma last month for an estimated $45 million, Klopp said his primary focus was on seeing his club improve on last season's fourth-place finish.
"Sometimes (the news) is all about bringing in new players but the main thing is how do we improve the players we had last season," said the former Dortmund coach, currently playing a waiting game on key transfer targets Naby Keita and Virgil van Dijk.