Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge believes the Premier League is “up for grabs” this season after returning to full training.
The 26-year-old England man, who is a 1/3 chance with BetVictor to make Roy Hodgson’s squad for Euro 2016, has not played under new Reds boss Jurgen Klopp after he injured his knee in a training-ground collision with Jordan Ibe on the eve of Klopp’s first game at Tottenham on October 17.
Sturridge has now returned to training at Melwood and claimed he is “fit and ready to go” after 15 months of hip, calf and knee problems at Anfield.
“It’s going to be a great time for me,” Sturridge told the Liverpool Echo.
“It’s been great under the new manager. I’ve been back training for the past couple of days and I was training when he first arrived.
“It’s an exciting time to be at the club and I’m enjoying working with him and the style of football. It’s important for us to understand what he wants us to do.”
The former Chelsea frontman, who made 19 appearances last season, has played only three times this season and completed the 90 minutes only once – the 1-1 draw with Everton in early October.
Klopp is therefore unlikely to rush the England international back into action when the Reds visit Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday.
And the home game with Swansea on October 29 looks a more likely target for Sturridge’s return.
He added: “The Premier League is the best league in the world in terms of competitiveness. There are teams up there this season you wouldn’t have expected.
“It’s up for grabs this season, there isn’t a real favourite. It will come down to who can be the most consistent.”