Xherdan Shaqiri is “delighted” to be back training with Liverpool after recovering from a calf injury.
The Swiss international is currently with the rest of the Reds squad at their pre-season training camp in Evian ahead of tonight’s match against Lyon.
And with his debut season for Liverpool now under his belt, the 27-year-old is ready to kick on in the 2019/20 campaign.
“I am really happy to be back, finally,” Shaqiri told Liverpoolfc.com. “I had an injury with my national team, so I was doing rehab at Melwood while the team was in America.
“Now I am really delighted to be back, to get started again and be back with the team. I am really happy that finally I am feeling really good and [I am ready] to help my team.
“[Getting injured], this is life and this is football. I am really happy I didn’t miss the start of the season – it’s going to start soon and I am happy to be back before it.
“It’s always nice to see the lads again. They were in America, some of the guys stayed at Melwood, but now we are all together you can see everyone is smiling, laughing. It’s very important to be together and to take our chance this season to achieve a lot of good things.”
He added: “Everybody is really hungry and we want to go again. We need to show everybody we can do it again and try to also be a little bit better in the Premier League than last year.
“It will be difficult to repeat that as it is a tough league, but we have a good team and we want to do better every year and continue to progress.
“We need to be ready, it will be tough but I am sure we can start well.”