Daniel Sturridge has declared himself “fit and ready” to play for Liverpool again after shaking off a troublesome knee injury.
Sturridge has missed the Reds’ last seven games with the injury, which was sustained in training on the eve of Jurgen Klopp’s first game in charge of the club against Tottenham.
The striker returned to full training on Tuesday, however, and cannot wait to start playing again, though Klopp is unlikely to rush him back against Manchester City this weekend.
“I’m fit and ready to go and it’s going to be a great time for me,” Sturridge said at the launch of the Liverpool FC Signature Collection.
“It’s been great under the new manager. I’ve been back training for the past couple of days and I was training when he first arrived.
“It’s an exciting time to be at the club and I’m enjoying working with him and the style of football. It’s important for us to understand what he wants us to do.”
Liverpool head for the Etihad Stadium down in 10th position, seven points off a top-four place following a home defeat to Crystal Palace last time out.
However, that was the Reds’ first defeat under Klopp, and Sturridge is feeling optimistic about the rest of the season.
“I was on the outside but it was great to see the boys win at Chelsea,” he added.
“We had a disappointing result last time out against Palace but it’s important to move on.
“The Premier League is the best league in the world in terms of competitiveness. There are teams up there this season you wouldn’t have expected.
“It’s up for grabs this season, there isn’t a real favourite. It will come down to who can be the most consistent.”