Sturridge insists he doesn't have a bad word to say about the Italian and that once he returns, the duo can recreate a partnership similar to his and Luis Suarez's last season.
He told talkSPORT: "We get on well off the field and in the changing rooms. We're always laughing and joking.
"Once I get back fit I'm hoping we can strike up a partnership. Last season with Luis [Suarez] we had a great relationship up front and scored a lot of goals. Hopefully this season it will be the same.
"He's a likeable person. I don't have any bad words to say about him. People don't realise what he's been through in his life to get where he is today."
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