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Liverpool batters Bayern, Sturridge plays down injury

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Liverpool gave its supporters plenty of cause for excitement with a thorough and convincing win over Bayern Munich in the Audi Cup on Tuesday.

Sadio Mane scored before his audacious back heel pass helped set up Mohamed Salah for a goal, and Daniel Sturridge scored a cute chipped goal late to give the Reds a 3-0 victory and passage to the Tuesday’s final versus Atletico Madrid.

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Sturridge caused some concern when he needed a substitution following an apparent hamstring injury shortly after scoring, but he insists he’ll be just fine. That’s good news considering Liverpool camp has been raving about his form. From The Liverpool Echo:

“It just a little bit of tension kicking off,” the striker explained. “I’ve done a lot of running and a lot of work. We train on the morning of the games. I think it’s just a bit of fatigue to be honest. I’ll be okay.”

The 27-year-old forward bagged seven goals in 27 appearances last season, and is three seasons removed from his 21 goal campaign in 2013-14. Sturridge, however, made 20 PL appearances and 27 total last season, his most since that campaign.

Lallana steals a Wenger-ism: Sturridge “like two new signings”

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“Getting [X-player] back from injury will be like a brand new signing for us.”Arsene Wenger, every August and January, when asked why he decided against splashing the cash in the transfer market.

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Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana apparently liked what he’s been hearing from the Arsenal boss all these years, and has elected to double-down on the old adage by claiming that a healthy and fit Daniel Sturridge “would be like having two new signings” at Liverpool this season — quotes from the Telegraph:

“Listen, [Sturridge] has been absolutely brilliant in preseason so far. You couldn’t put a price on him. He is a world-class player. He has come back from the summer looking absolutely brilliant, so fit. He is going to be a massive player for us this season. I can feel it.

“He is looking really sharp and to have him firing on all cylinders would be like having two new signings if he can keep on the pitch and scoring goals.”

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We’re awaiting word on how signing Sturridge not just once, but twice this summer, will affect Liverpool’s standing with regard to Financial Fair Play.

Fit-again Daniel Sturridge like a new signing for Liverpool

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Daniel Sturridge has had a rough last 18 months. We can all agree on that.

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After battling back from injuries which saw him miss most of the 2014-15 campaign, he once again went down in 2015-16 and Jurgen Klopp is yet to see the best of Sturridge since he took charge in October 2015.

The German coach was a little critical of Sturridge’s pain threshold when he first took charge and constant reports linking him with a move away from Anfield, coupled with Klopp’s frustrations, did little to quell the suggestions that the England international would be playing elsewhere this season.

However, despite Klopp preferring to play Roberto Firmino in a false nine for most of last season, partly due to Sturridge’s injuries and a lack of form with just seven goals in 27 appearances, it appears Klopp has been impressed with Sturridge so far in preseason.

“It’s the best condition I’ve seen from him since I’m here. I came in October 2015 and Daniel, I think, was probably injured,” Klopp said. “Last preseason was after a tournament and only a short break. But this year he has had a proper break and is in a good physical shape, absolutely. Daniel could be part of the full preseason so far so that’s very important. It’s looking good. Preseason was quite intense, especially in England. He was part of pretty much each session so it’s good.”

Sturridge is 27 years old and is entering his prime. If he can stay injury free we all know what he’s capable of. This appears to be a make or break season for him.

His audacious goals and sumptuous link-up play with Luis Suarez in the 2013-14 season seem an age away, and although Klopp has Sadio Mane, Firmino, Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana, Divock Origi, Danny Ings and now Mohamed Salah to use in the front four attacking positions, Sturridge is the only top-class clinical finisher among them.

Had he been fit and sharp for most of last season, you wonder how many of those draws Liverpool would’ve turned into wins.

The old adage of “getting a good preseason in” rings true (get ready to hear it in October/November when a player is asked why he’s having such a good season) and perhaps no player in the PL needs an injury-free summer more than Sturridge.

If he does stay fit he will be like a new signing for Liverpool and he’ll be able do lead the line with a plethora of attacking talents behind him.

West Ham 0-4 Liverpool: Reds clobber listless Irons

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  • Sturridge nabs fourth of season
  • Coutinho runs the show
  • Origi adds insurance
  • West Ham’s home finale

Philippe Coutinho scored twice and set-up Daniel Sturridge for another as Liverpool strengthened its Top Four stock with a 4-0 win over West Ham United at the London Stadium on Sunday.

Divock Origi also scored for Liverpool. The win boosts the Reds back into third place, two points ahead of Manchester City and four clear of Arsenal.

West Ham remains 12th with 42 points.

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Jonathan Calleri played Sam Byram into the right of the box, but the Englishman hit his low shot wide of the far post in the eighth minute.

The Reds came close at the other end, with Joel Matip grounding a header off the underside of the bar off an 11th minute corner.

The chances continue to come, with Fernandes drilling a low shot through traffic that Simon Mignolet pushed out for a West Ham corner.

The breakthrough came in highlighter yellow, as Jose Fonte kept Sturridge onside for Philippe Coutinho’s through ball. The Englishman danced around Adrian to slide a low shot into the center of the goal.

The Hammers should’ve been level in first half stoppage time, but Andre Ayew hit the post from five yards out and put the rebound off the same post from a prone position.

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Coutinho made it 2-0 shortly after Georginio Wijnaldum hit the crossbar on a swerving volley. The Brazilian maneuvered through space to beat Adrian to his right.

The third goal, another from Coutinho, came when Winston Reid was laid to the turf with an arm to the face at the other end. To add insult to injury, Wijnaldum’s offending arm may have handled the ball in the box.

The referee allowed play to go on, and Coutinho dribbled through the 18 to beat Adrian.

WATCH: Coutinho finds Sturridge for Liverpool lead

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It hasn’t been a banner year for Liverpool nor Daniel Sturridge, but the Reds striker may have scored the goal that keeps his side in the Top Four.

Kept onside by West Ham’s Sam Byram, Sturridge darted onto Philippe Coutinho‘s cutting first half pass on Sunday at the Olympic Stadium in London.

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Sturridge then dribbled around Adrian and slid his shot into the middle of the open goal to give Liverpool a 1-0 lead.

It’s Sturridge’s 61st goal for Liverpool, and seventh this season in all competitions.