Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge: I’m still not 100 per cent fit

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge says he still doesn't feel 100 per cent after scoring the club's winner against Stoke City on Saturday

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Daniel Sturridge joined Liverpool from Chelsea in January Photo: Nike

Daniel Sturridge admits he still doesn’t feel “100 per cent” after the striker scored Liverpool’s winner in a 1-0 victory over Stoke City on Saturday.

The 23-year-old missed most of the club’s pre-season as he continued to recover from an ankle injury which the forward picked up in England’s 1-1 draw with the Republic of Ireland in May.

The former Chelsea man netted his first goal of the Premier League season in the 38th minute at Anfield, but Sturridge insists he still needs to regain his full fitness.

“I was enjoying it. I had the wrong studs on in the first half so I was slipping and sliding. Besides that, it was great to be out there,” Sturridge told Liverpool’s website.

“I don’t feel 100 per cent, to be honest, but I’m working every day to get stronger.

“My ankle is not full strength, neither is my calf – I’m just working to get stronger each day. But it was great to be part of such a great victory
today.”

Sturridge has scored 11 goals in 15 Premier League appearances following his £12m switch to the Merseyside outfit from Chelsea in the January transfer window.

But the Liverpool striker was tight-lipped on his targets for the coming season.

“I have got a few targets [for the season] but I’m going to keep those to myself and just work each day and not put any pressure on myself,” the striker added.

“It’s always nice to have targets; I learned that from one of the physios, who said it’s good to have a target because at least you know what you’re aiming for.

“I’ve got secretive targets but I’m not going to disclose them to anyone.”

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