It’s the most in­tense pre-sea­son for Stur­ridge

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DANIEL STUR­RIDGE has said man­ager Jur­gen Klopp has put the Liver­pool squad through the “most in­tense” pre- sea­son of his ca­reer with the striker push­ing him­self to the limit to avoid another in­jury- dis­rupted cam­paign.

The 26- year- old scored 13 goals in 25 ap­pear­ance last sea­son but failed to have an im­pact on the club’s cam­paign, as his play­ing time was lim­ited fol­low­ing a suc­ces­sion of de­bil­i­tat­ing in­juries.

Stur­ridge joined up with the ma­jor­ity of his team­mates at the club’s train­ing base in Cal­i­for­nia last week, as Liver­pool con­tinue their US pre-sea­son tour.

“It has been a lot of hard work, run­ning ses­sions and tac­ti­cal ses­sions. Pre-sea­son is about push­ing your body to the lim­its and it is one of those things where you have to bat­tle and push your­self through the ses­sions,” Stur­ridge told LFC TV.

“It is prob­a­bly the most in­tense (pre-sea­son) I have ex­pe­ri­enced at any club. It is cer­tainly some­thing ev­ery­one is get­ting used to and some­thing which will hope­fully put us in good stead for the rest of the sea­son.”

Klopp has added seven play­ers, in­clud­ing mid­field­ers Marko Gru­jic and Giorginio Wi­j­nal­dum, and for­ward Sa­dio Mane, to his squad dur­ing the close sea­son.

“I am look­ing for­ward to the sea­son and I think the sign­ings we have made will help us push on to the next level,” the Eng­land in­ter­na­tional said.

“We are look­ing to be suc­cess­ful and win tro­phies, that is some­thing I have not tasted yet with Liver­pool.”

Liver­pool, who fin­ished eighth last sea­son, will start the new cam­paign with a trip to Ar­se­nal on Au­gust 13. – Reuters

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