Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is “pushing his body to the limits” in pre-season as he hopes for a better campaign in 2016-17.
The 26-year-old missed large chunks of the previous campaign as recovery from a hip operation delayed his first appearance until late September and then he was sidelined for two months with a hamstring strain around the turn of the year.
Manager Jurgen Klopp maintained the England international would benefit from a proper full pre-season and, having joined up with the squad at their Palo Alto training base in California last week, Sturridge is now getting up to speed.
Klopp has been having double, sometimes triple, sessions in order to ensure his players are in the best shape possible to carry out his high-tempo pressing game.
“It has been a lot of hard work, running sessions and tactical sessions,” Sturridge told LFC TV.
“I am feeling fresh. 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.
“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.
“I think there is more emphasis on tactics because there is time to develop but it will take time.”