Sturridge ‘feeling positive’ after brilliant pre-season

Sturridge ‘feeling positive’ after brilliant pre-season

Daniel Sturridge says he is ‘feeling positive’ after a brilliant pre-season campaign, however is refusing to get carried away ahead of the new season.

The striker scored four times in pre-season for Jurgen Klopp’s side, including a goal in the Reds’ 4-1 win over Manchester United on Sunday.

Now back on firing on all cylinders with Liverpool after a difficult six months on-loan with West Brom for the second half of last season, Sturridge says is looking forward to the coming campaign, however insists he will not get carried away with just yet despite his good form.

“I just wanted to work hard through the summer,” said Sturridge to Liverpoolfc.com.

“[You come] back, work hard in pre-season, and try and help your team be successful – and that’s what it’s all about.

“I ain’t getting too excited. I’ve got a positive mentality and I’m just focusing on improving because you can never stop improving.

“It’s a great group of lads [and] it’s important for us to keep moving forward. I feel good, I won’t deny it, but I understand it’s a long season too, there’s a lot of games, and I’m excited.

“I’m looking forward to the future [and] what I can do and help the team.”

Sturridge joined West Brom in January after struggling to with injury and form in the early stages of last season, however failed to make an impact at The Hawthorns, failing to score in six appearances as the Baggies were relegated from the Premier League.

And after a frustrating period away from Anfield for the striker however, the 28-year-old says he is glad to be back and ready to help take Liverpool to goal of silverware next year.

“As a professional, this is the longest I’ve ever been with a team and this has always been my home,” said the former Chelsea and Manchester City star.

“When you step outside sometimes it’s good to step away and come back with a fresh mentality and a new mindset and that’s the reason for me going away.

“I never wanted to leave but I knew I had to, to try and get more minutes but now I’m back here to give it my all, to help us win something – that’s everybody’s aim, we want to win a trophy and that’s what we are focused on.”