Brendan Rodgers is confident his Liverpool squad have the firepower to replicate their 101-goal haul of last season once again – and backed Daniel Sturridge to improve upon his 2013-14 tally.

The striker fired 24 times in just 33 appearances last term, making him the highest English goal-getter in the Barclays Premier League.

Rodgers, though, feels Sturridge is capable of improving upon that figure this time around.

He told a press conference in Manhattan: "I looked at the combination of Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert in training today and they were exceptional; the link-up play and some of their combination play was great.

"I think you'll see Daniel go on another level again this season, with the confidence of a full campaign last year and scoring the goals he did. Hopefully he can stay injury free this season.

"We've [also] got Rickie Lambert who will get goals for us. He's starting to really get comfortable with the group.

"We've got a number of players that go and facilitate the role [of goalscoring]."

With a large squad having travelled to the United States for the pre-season tour, Rodgers is also meticulously analysing the younger members of the contingent and weighing up what they can potentially offer the first team in the coming campaign.

"I've taken a number of the young players away here to have a real close look at them," said Rodgers. "I always think it's up to the individual player, and come the end of pre-season we'll take a look at it.

"Because we bring in players and more numbers, it doesn't mean the opportunity for youth is no longer there. It's always my first look - I always look to the youth of the club and the Academy to see what we have and the players who are proving on a daily basis they have the personality, character and technique to play for Liverpool, then they get a chance.

"Jon Flanagan proved it last year, Raheem Sterling has shown it, and one or two of the other young players have come in and adapted well.

"The responsibility of their destiny is with the young player, so if they can show they are good enough, they'll get a chance."