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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 21 August 2018

Daniel Sturridge aims to be part of Liverpool team 'week in, week out'

England striker has struggled for fitness and form over the past few years, but has played in all three pre-season friendlies

Daniel Sturridge spent the second half of last season on loan but Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists the striker is part of his plans. Lynne Cameron / Getty Images
Daniel Sturridge spent the second half of last season on loan but Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists the striker is part of his plans. Lynne Cameron / Getty Images

Daniel Sturridge has set his sights on staying at Liverpool and is willing to fight for his place in the first team.

Sturridge, 28, has been severely affected by injuries over the past few years, with the England international passing the 10-goal mark only once over the last four seasons, scoring 13 in the 2015-16 season.

He was loaned out to West Bromwich Albion in January but failed to make an impact, failing to score in six appearances for the relegated club.

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Media reports are linking Sturridge with a move away from Liverpool but manager Jurgen Klopp said this week that the striker still has a future at Anfield.

However, the former Manchester City and Chelsea forward will face stiff competition for a place in the first team, with his preferred No 9 role occupied by Brazilian Roberto Firmino, who scored 26 goals and created 15 assists last season.

"I see myself staying at Liverpool, hopefully being part of the team week in, week out," Sturridge told the Daily Mirror.

"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."

Sturridge, who was left out of Gareth Southgate's England team for the World Cup, has played in all three of Liverpool's pre-season friendlies so far.

Liverpool continue their pre-season fixtures against Blackburn Rovers on Thursday before heading to the United States to face Borussia Dortmund, league rivals Manchester City and Manchester United in the International Champions Cup.

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