Jurgen Klopp insists he has no doubts over Daniel Sturridge’s talent when he is fit to play.
The Liverpool striker continued his fine pre-season on Sunday with a bright display in the 3-1 International Champions Cup defeat to Borussia Dortmund.
Sturridge made an immediate impact after being introduced at half-time as he tricked his way past three players on the edge of the box to provide flashbacks of his 2013/2014 form.
He also continued his blossoming partnership with summer signing Naby Keita, capitalising on the Guinean’s fierce press and often successful ball retrieval in the final third with the offering of runs in behind.
Klopp is confident the Englishman still has plenty to offer his side if he can shake off his injury woes.
The Liverpool boss told Liverpoolfc.com: “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 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.”
Sturridge has scored three goals in five pre-season games so far, including a superb 25-yard strike in the 7-0 win over Chester.
The 28-year-old’s summer resurgence has offered new hope to his Anfield career amid speculation linking him to a permanent departure.
Having endured an injury-stricken loan spell with West Brom over the second half of last season, it appeared as though his time on Merseyside was drawing to a close.
Fast forward a month or two and he has quickly asserted himself as the lead contender ahead of the struggling Divock Origi and Dominic Solanke to be a valuable backup to Roberto Firmino.
The clinical eye for goal is evidently still there, as is the unpredictability and flair that injuries have restricted him from flaunting on a regular basis over the years.