Liverpool attacker Daniel Sturridge has revealed he is now “fit and ready to go” after recovering from the fifth major injury setback in the last 15 months.
The flamboyant striker got back to full phase training on Tuesday after sidelined for a month with a knee injury picked up during training.
However, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is yet to decide whether he will rush the Englishman back into action in Saturday’s Premier League derby against Manchester City. Although, Sturridge don’t want to wait to get back into action, having played only 10 Premier League matches since the start of last campaign.
He said to the Liverpool Echo: “I’m fit and ready to go and it’s going to be a great time for me.
“It’s been great under the new manager. I’ve been back training for the past couple of days and I was training when he first arrived.
“It’s an exciting time to be at the club and I’m enjoying working with him and the style of football. It’s important for us to understand what he wants us to do.”
Injury still a major concern for Jurgen Klopp, as skipper Jordan Henderson still working hard to get back to full fitness following a surgery on the broken bone on his foot, which has denied the Englishman to work with the new boss.
But James Milner and Ibe’s return to training on Monday, was a much needed boost for Klopp as both of them missed the international duty with hamstring and knee injuries respectively.
Sturridge spent a frustrating time with repeated injuries last season; having missed five months of the term with two thigh problems and a calf injury but returned to action in January, and then sadly saw his campaign ended last April as he again suffered a torn hip muscle.
The 26-year-old promising striker had to go for a surgery to recover from the hip injury, and then made a comeback in September. The return didn’t go well; he again suffered a bruised knee when he collided with teammate Jordon Ibe on 15th October during a training session which threw him back on the sidelines. He has managed to play only 242 minutes among three matches this term
Sturridge didn’t feature in any of the seven matches after Klopp’s appointment as the new Liverpool manager till now, and is desperate to get back in action as soon as possible.
He added: “The Premier League is the best league in the world in terms of competitiveness. There are teams up there this season you wouldn’t have expected.
“It’s up for grabs this season, there isn’t a real favourite. It will come down to who can be the most consistent.”