Liverpool have been handed a massive injury boost as striker Daniel Sturridge is ready to face Manchester City. Jurgen Klopp takes his men to the Etihad as the Reds take on the Premier League leaders on 21 November.
The England international has not featured under the new manager since he replaced Brendan Rodgers in October. He has nursed multiple injuries and spent most of his time on the sidelines in the last 15 months.
Sturridge has already returned to full training following a knee problem he picked up after the appointment of Klopp. Since the former Borussia Dortmund manager took over the reins at Anfield, the Reds have only lost one match in all competitions.
Klopp has already received a boost as James Milner and Jordan Ibe are fit to face City. The 26-year-old claims it is an "exciting time" to be at Liverpool and playing under the German coach and is hoping to feature when the Reds take on Manuel Pellegrini's side.
"I'm fit and ready to go and it's going to be a great time for me. 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," Sturridge explained, as reported by Sky Sports. "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."
Liverpool are 10th in the table with 17 points from 12 matches and are seven points behind fourth place Manchester United. Two points separate the top four teams, while defending champions Chelsea sit in the 16th spot after a difficult start to the season. The former City and Chelsea striker feels the Merseyside club could return to the top if they manage to keep getting results in their favour until the end of the season.
"I was on the outside but it was great to see the boys win at Chelsea. We had a disappointing result last time out against Palace but it's important to move on," the England striker stressed. "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."