New Liverpool signing Daniel Sturridge has warned that he is still some way from being match fit, but is confident he will be a success at Anfield.
The 23-year-old striker scored just seven minutes into his debut against Mansfield Town in the FA Cup on Sunday, but missed opportunities to extend his side’s lead before Luis Suarez netted the winner in the 2-1 victory.
And Sturridge believes his lack of fitness lead to his profligacy in front of goal.
“I haven’t had much training,” Sturridge told the Liverpool Echo. “I’ve only had three sessions with the lads and then a light session on Saturday before the game.
“I am lacking sharpness in front of goal. I missed a few chances but hopefully once I get my fitness those ones that I missed will go in.”
Sturridge praised his new team-mates following the win, but singled out Jonjo Shelvey after the midfielder’s pass lead to the striker’s opener.
“It was a great pass from Jonjo – the vision and the weight of the pass for the goal was perfect. He made it quite easy for me to take the shot first time,” Sturridge said.
“We haven’t had much time to work on stuff but we were both on the same wavelength. We get on well on and off the field.
“All the lads have been great with me and they’ve made it easy for me to settle in over the past few days.
“I want to say thank you to them for making me feel so welcome. I look forward to playing with them for many years to come.”