Adam Lallana has welcomed the return to fitness and form of Liverpool teammate Daniel Sturridge.
Sturridge struggled to hold down a first-team place at Anfield this past season, the striker starting just 11 of his 27 games.
His familiar injury problems surfaced once more but he ended the campaign in form, and has carried that into Liverpool’s impressive pre-season.
Lallana believes his return “would be like having two new signings” in the squad.
“Studge has been absolutely brilliant in pre-season so far,” he said.
“He is looking really sharp, and to have him firing on all cylinders would be like having two new signings if we can keep him on the pitch and get him scoring goals. He is a world class player.
“He has come back from the summer looking absolutely brilliant, so fit. He is going to be a massive player for us this season. I can feel it. You couldn’t put a price on him.
Lallana does not feel threatened by the looming prospect of more competition for places at the club. Instead, he is relishing the chance to improve the squad.
“I want the best players to be linked with Liverpool and coming to Liverpool,” he added.
“If you are talking about it from a personal point of view, the pressure to get better and the competition for places is healthy. That is what we need.
“At times last year, our bench probably wasn’t as strong as we would have liked it to be. If we are going to achieve something, we are going to need a strong bench.”