It’s bound to be an intriguing season at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp has had a full pre-season at the club and the Reds will be looking to improve on their eighth-placed finish from last season.
The German manager has brought in Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum, Loris Karius, Ragnar Klavan, Alex Manninger and Joel Matip this summer, while Marko Grujic is also a new face having been signed in January.
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But Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes that Liverpool’s season depends on one of their longer serving players.
That’s because Ferdinand has named Sturridge as the player that could be the difference between finishing in the top-four or not.
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“For Liverpool, it depends on [Daniel] Sturridge. If he can prove his fitness they’ll have a chance, but without him I don’t think they’re in with a shot,” he told the Metro.
The striker has been plagued with injuries during the previous two season, making just 26 Premier League appearances. However, since the arrival of Klopp, it seems as though the 26-year-old has shrugged off any concerns about his fitness.
Despite a stop-start season last year, Sturridge still managed 13 goals in 25 appearances in all competitions and showed his true qualities towards the latter stages of the season. In fact, he scored a sublime goal against Sevilla in Liverpool’s final match of the campaign - in the 3-1 defeat in the Europa League final.
And Sturridge himself seems very confident ahead of the start of the campaign.
“I will continue to strive to be the best player—to be the best striker in the league and do the best for this club. I will strive to win silverware for this club,” he told the Liverpool Echo.
“I will let my feet do the talking. You guys have known me a long time and know I believe in myself.”
But despite his personal aims, all Sturridge is thinking about is winning trophies for the club.
“Getting some silverware is the aim for me this season. That’s what I’d love to do,” Sturridge said.
“We want to be as successful as possible. The main aim is to win trophies with Liverpool.
“That’s all I’ve wanted to do since I’ve been here. We have been so close to winning the Premier League, so close to winning two finals, but this year is the year when we have to try and win that trophy."
Sturridge will have to compete with the likes of Divock Origi, Danny Ings and Christian Benteke for that lone striker role but, although he may have to fight for Klopp’s backing, he certainly has support from Ferdinand.
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