Brendan Rodgers has admitted how important Daniel Sturridge will be this season, as the striker is fighting to be fit for the start of the new campaign.
The Liverpool manager signed Sturridge last January, and he now could be very reliant on him if Luis Suarez make an Anfield exit. This summer has already seen the permanent departure of Andy Carroll on Merseyside.
Even if Rodgers can convince the Uruguayan forward to stay, he will be without him for the first six games of the season, as Suarez completes the ban imposed on him after he bit Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic.
The former Swansea manager spoke about how vital his England international striker is, as well as praising the Liverpool medical staff.
Rodgers told reporters: "Thankfully Daniel had his first training session (on Monday) with the team and I thought he looked very sharp. He obviously had an injury at the end of the season which set him back, but he's worked very hard along with the medical guys who have done a great job with him."
The Reds are unbeaten and yet to even concede in pre-season so far, with games against Valeranga and Celtic still to come. But Sturridge has been unable to play a part in any friendlies so far this summer due to the ankle injury which he sustained whilst on international duty back in May.
Yet that still hasn't prevented him being a potent attacking threat, especially after he netted 11 goals in his first few months with the club.
Rodgers went on to add: "He's played no part in the pre-season so you put him in at the top end of the field with his pace, power and his quality and we are able to add something more to the group as well.
"So it all bodes well for us for the beginning of the season and sets us up nice and solid and exciting for the first game."
Liverpool's Premier League campaign begins at home to Stoke City on August 17.
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