England international Daniel Sturridge has revealed his ambition to stay put with Liverpool for the upcoming campaign. The 28-year-old fell out-of-favour under Jurgen Klopp during the first half of the previous season and this witnessed him being loaned out to West Bromwich Albion at the turn of the year where he had limited success.
Despite this, Sturridge has been involved in the early part of the Reds’ pre-season and he has now indicated that he would stay on with the club, he said: “I see myself staying at Liverpool, hopefully being part of the team week in, week out. Pre-season is going well, so for me it’s keeping my head down and building on that. I’m excited about the season ahead and it feels great to be back. I am feeling great and can’t wait to get the season under way. We have the tour to come where we face some great teams like Manchester United, Manchester City, and [Borussia] Dortmund.”
Sturridge experienced his best campaign in the Liverpool shirt between 2013 and 2014 where his 24 goals put the club within the cusp of the Premier League title.Since then, he has struggled with multiple calf and hamstring concerns which have hampered his progress while allowing the likes of Roberto Firmino, Danny Ings and Dominic Solanke jump ahead of him in the pecking order.
As things stand, Sturridge has just 12 months left on his existing contract and his stay at Anfield may depend upon the Reds’ decision on other recruits at the club. Like Sturridge, both Ings and Divock Origi have been linked with possible exits from Anfield this summer and they could be at least one departure before next month’s transfer deadline. Sturridge was recently involved in Liverpool’s pre-season friendly at Blackburn Rovers where he found the scoresheet during a 2-0 triumph.