Gary Lineker believes that Liverpool will see the best of Daniel Sturridge now that he has signed a new contract at the club.
Sturridge put pen to paper on a new long-term deal at Anfield earlier today. This, Linekar feels, will mean that a rejuvenated Sturridge returns to the first team when he is fit to play.
Great news for LFC & @D_Sturridge that he's extended his contract. Contented players generally perform at their best...once they're fit.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 3, 2014
It is good news for a club who saw their last talismanic striker leave in the summer and have struggled to respond.
Luis Suarez's departure to Barcelona has left the squad looking depleted in the attacking areas, which is where they built their success upon last season.
Sturridge was expected to step up to fill this void, but so far his chances of doing so have been halted by an injury which he picked up on the last international break.
The fleet-footed forward picked up a thigh injury whilst on England duty last month and the club have suffered in his absence.
Losses against Aston Villa and West Ham United have put a dent in the positivity and momentum gained last season and already the club are under pressure to perform.
When Sturridge returns, they should do just that and Lineker clearly feels that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will have a striker firing on all cylinders after today's news.
It seems unlikely that Sturridge's return will come against West Bromwich Albion this Saturday, but there is hope he will be fit and ready to take on Queens Park Rangers in two weeks' time.