Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has returned to full fitness ahead of the new Premier League season after an injury-ravaged 2015-16 campaign. The 26-year-old suffered three significant injuries last term, restricting him to just 15 starts in the top flight in Jurgen Klopp's first season in charge.
Henderson was able to force his way into England's squad for the European Championships but played just a single minute of the campaign as Roy Hodgson's team were knocked out at the last 16 stage. The former Sunderland player is ready to turn his attention to club duties having returned from holiday after Euro 2016.
Though Henderson is yet to feature for Liverpool during pre-season he could make his first appearance of the summer in the United States against Chelsea in their International Champions Cup opener on 27 July. The Reds take on AC Milan before facing Roma during their tour of the USA and Henderson says he is in great shape heading into the schedule.
"My foot is feeling good to be honest," Henderson told LFC TV, according to Sky Sports. "I was injured for most of the season last year but over the course of the summer I trained with England and played in one game in the Championships and afterwards did some of my own stuff and I've come in [to pre-season] and I feel very good.
"I feel probably the best I've felt in a long time so hopefully that will continue and I'll have a good pre-season and it will get even better. For me personally, last season was definitely [my hardest]. It was just purely down to injuries and the type of injuries I had. They were ones I tried to play through and maybe sometimes I shouldn't have. Overall, it was a very disappointing season for me."
Despite only resuming training on 21 July, the new additions made by Liverpool this summer have already caught the eye of Henderson. Joel Matip has been joined by Loris Karius, Sadio Mane, Ragnar Klavan, Alex Manninger and Georginio Wijnaldum – players which will give Klopp more options heading into the new campaign.
"We've only been training a couple of days but they look great additions to the squad and will make us much stronger," the Liverpool skipper added. "We have a big squad now, so if there are any injuries there's someone ready to come straight into that position and everyone will be fighting to get into the starting XI.
"We have a really good squad and we'll need everyone together if we are to do something special this season. I feel we're going in the right direction with the team and manager we've got, we can definitely do something great this year. We have to focus on ourselves, while there have been a lot of changes at other clubs, but I'm very confident we can do well this season."