By Harvey Byrne

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has been given a specially tailored training programme this summer, according to a report.

The Daily Mail claim that the Reds have given their striker the programme in order to protect the 26-year-old after a dreadful two years with injuries.

The former Chelsea star has played just 43 times in the last two years due to multiple injuries, but the England international has also returned with an impressive 18 goals in those appearances.

The striker returned to training last Thursday after competing with England in this summer’s European Championships, the star forward also hasn’t missed a training session for the Reds since coming back from his last injury in February.

Sturridge is at Liverpool’s base in Palo Alto to undergo some extra sessions to build up his strength.

The Reds will continue to monitor the 26-year-old before deciding whether to give him his first minutes of pre-season against AC Milan on Saturday in Santa Clara, or Roma in St Louis on Monday.

Sturridge is widely considered as Liverpool’s first choice striker and Jurgen Klopp will be keen to ensure that he’s ready to start the new season.

The Reds other forward options are Danny Ings, who has recently returned from a long-term injury, youngster Divock Origi and Christian Benteke and Mario Balotelli, who are both linked with moves away this summer.

In other Liverpool team news, Yannick Bolasie has revealed that he wants Liverpool striker Christian Benteke to join him at Sellhurst Park this summer.