Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge has revealed that he still has confidence in his ability to be recognised as one of the world’s best strikers.
The 26-year-old was limited to just 25 appearances in all competitions last year, and despite managing to bag eight Premier League goals, it continued a trend that saw him feature on just 18 occasions the previous season.
As he continues to suffer with injury setbacks, it remains to be seen whether or not he can remain fit this year, as he will be a key part of Jurgen Klopp’s plans to bring trophies back to Anfield.
However, it doesn’t look particularly promising to start the campaign either, as the England international is a major doubt for Sunday’s opener against Arsenal.
Nevertheless, he has told The Times that he is ready to put his injury problems behind him and focus on spearheading the Liverpool attack which in turn could lead to a successful year for all concerned.
“I’ve always pushed myself, always wanted to be successful, always strived to be recognised as one of the best strikers in the world.
“I don’t worry about injuries at all. It’s something I have to accept. If I wasn’t so talented a footballer, nobody would care if I was injured and never played again.
“In time, I’ll still be showing people I’m one of the best strikers in the world. I never doubt it.”
Those are certainly big words from the former Manchester City and Chelsea man, but he’ll now have to back them up with performances on the pitch rather than remain looking on from the sidelines for a large portion of the year.
With Klopp bolstering his squad this summer and stamping his mark on the group, competition will be fierce and Sturridge can ill-afford many more setbacks otherwise he may well find himself on the bench regularly this season.