Daniel Sturridge has revealed he is willing to push his body to the limit in order to become the Premier League’s best player.
The 26-year-old has been cursed by injuries during his career but the Liverpool man is staying positive ahead of the new campaign and is hoping to fire his side to glory.
Sturridge could start the season on the sidelines as he faces a late fitness test ahead of Liverpool’s opener at Arsenal on Sunday — but Jurgen Klopp is giving the England ace every chance of starting the match.
Speaking to The Times, Sturridge said of this season’s aims: ‘I don’t know if there are many people who could have dealt with the things I have and still be where I am today, and still be in the positive light I’m in.
‘Are you talented? Do people enjoy watching you play? Do you excite the fans? I do those things. I’m happy with how my career’s going so far. There are still things to win, still things to achieve. I want to be recognised as the best player in the league.’
If Sturridge is to achieve his goal then he will have to stay out of the treatment room following his recent injury problems.
The former Manchester City and Chelsea forward has said he will ‘take the rough with smooth’ in order to be rated as the best striker in England.
He added: ‘I’ve played with many injuries, many a tear, many a bruise. As you get to my age, you understand what you can’t do when your body is at its limit, when you can’t push a bruise.
‘There’s wear and tear. You play the game, you’re knackered, you can’t lift your legs but the next day, you get up and you go running again, you go playing again. You might get a kick the day before the game but you’re not going to pull out of the match.
‘I’ve always pushed myself, always wanted to be successful, always strived to be recognised as one of the best strikers in the world. I don’t worry about injuries at all. It’s something I have to accept. God gave me this body and gave me so many talents, so I have to take the rough with the smooth.’
Sturridge scored eight goals in 14 Premier League appearances last season.