Sturridge backed to be a key player for Liverpool this season

Liverpool star Adam Lallana believes that Daniel Sturridge could end up being crucial in the club’s campaign this season.

It is a rather strange suggestion given that the striker has become the forgotten man over the last few years due to injuries.

Sturridge has been ravaged by fitness issues, and last season he made just 20 Premier League appearances, and only seven of them were from the starting lineup.

His injury problems got so bad that the forward ended up dropping down Jurgen Klopp’s pecking order, with Divock Origi being preferred.

This summer, though, the 27-year-old has looked sharp, featuring in five pre-season friendlies so far and making a case for a starting spot when the league begins next week.

One man who has noticed the striker’s improvements is teammate Lallana, who has claimed that having Sturridge fit is like having two new signings.

The England star is quoted by the Liverpool Echo as saying:

“Listen, Studge has been absolutely brilliant in pre-season so far. He is looking really sharp and to have him firing on all cylinders would be like having two new signings if we can keep on the pitch and get him scoring goals.

“He is a world class player. He has come back from the summer looking absolutely brilliant, so fit. He is going to be a massive player for us this season. I can feel it. You couldn’t put a price on him.”

If Sturridge does end up being influential for the Reds, then it would be a massive turnaround given that there were big questions over his future during the 2016-17 campaign.

In April, The Telegraph reported that West Ham United were keen on signing the Englishman, but the transfer rumours have since gone quiet and there is no indication that Sturridge will leave before the window shuts at the end of August.