Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has admitted that he feels ready to start the Merseyside derby at Everton, the Daily Star report.
The former Chelsea striker has just returned from a lengthy injury layoff, coming on to find the back of the net during the Reds’ 2-0 win against West Ham United last weekend.
It’s doubtful that the striker is anywhere near full fitness, but that hasn’t dented his hopes of gaining the trust of boss Brendan Rodgers and appearing in the starting XI at Goodison Park.
"In terms of whether I’m going to play or not that’s the manager’s decision but I am ready for whatever, ready for anything that the manager wants to do, I feel I’m ready to start," he explained.
"But it’s down to the manager to pick the team.
"I’ve had a week and a bit’s worth of training as well as the two games that I’ve come on and played a part, and looking forward to getting back into it and playing 90 minutes and performing as best as I can.”
The Reds desperately missed Sturridge’s goals at the beginning of the campaign as a number of disappointing results saw the team languish in a lowly mid-table position.
Aside from their league form, the Merseysiders suffered a Champions League exit in the group stages following their failure to beat Basel in the final group game at Anfield.
It topped off a pretty dismal spell for Rodgers’ men, but over the past six weeks the intensity has returned and positive results have ensued.
Victory this weekend would top off an excellent run of form and what better place to do it than in their neighbours’ own backyard, in Sturridge’s standout fixture of the season.
"I’m excited. It’s my favourite game. I love it, I love that game. The feeling in the city is completely different when you play that game, the energy and everything. So I’m looking forward to it,” he added.