Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge has warned the Reds faithful that they won’t see the best of him until next season.
The England international has had an injury hit season, which has seen the former Chelsea man only make seven Premier League starts and a total of 18 appearances for Brendan Rodgers’ side in the top flight, FA Cup and Europa League combined.
It has been a frustrating season for Liverpool and Sturridge, with the former Man City man earmarked as the man to step up and replace Luis Suarez following the Uruguayan’s high profile move to Barcelona.
Speaking at Liverpool’s kit launch after the club extended their deal with New Balance, the striker said:
“It’s been great to be back involved, but it’s taking time to get back in the groove of things.
“After being out for a long period of time this season has been very stop-start. This season is just about helping the team win something.
“Next season is when you’ll see what I can really do again. My performances will be back to exactly where they were before.
“You can’t have time to get back in the groove of things. As soon as the games come about, I’m available and of course I’m going to be involved in some capacity.
“I am just happy to be playing. I am looking forward to finishing this season on a high, but next season will be when you really see what I can do.”
It isn’t all doom and gloom for the 25-year-old, though, with Liverpool still on course for silverware this season via the FA Cup.
Rodgers’ side overcame Championship outfit Blackburn Rovers earlier in the week to book a date at Wembley against Aston Villa.
Sturridge hopes to play a part in potentially delivering that silverware and the England international believes it could be valuable for this current Reds squad:
“I used to play for them when I was very young and I have a lot of family members who are Villa fans,” he said.
“It’s going to be great to play against them. My little cousin (Dean Junior) plays for Aston Villa Under-13s and he’s going to the game with his family. I’ll have a lot of family members there too so I’m looking forward to it.
“It will be a great occasion for the club. It should be a great day. Villa are not an easy side to play against but we’ll whatever it takes to win the game.”