By Joe Nelson
Daniel Sturridge is set to miss Liverpool’s Premier League curtain-raiser against Arsenal on Sunday, Jurgen Klopp has revealed.
The 26-year-old England international sustained a hip injury ahead of his side’s pre-season friendly win over Barcelona last weekend, which also ruled him out of the game against Mainz in Germany the following day.
The striker has been training with the Reds this week, but Klopp will take no risks with the injury-prone hitman.
Speaking to the official Liverpool website, the manager said: “On Wednesday he could train. On Thursday, he felt [it] a little bit so we will have to see.
“Of course, he had a few days where he couldn’t train and that’s not too good for the Arsenal game, but we have other players who are available and that’s good for us. Hopefully it stays like this and we can give Daniel enough time so that when he is fit again, he can then become match fit in the next few days. There are a lot of games to play.”
The recently retired England international James Milner is also trying to overcome his own injury issues ahead of the new Premier League season.
“With Millie we have to wait. It’s better than we all expected after the [Barcelona] game when we saw him walking out of the stadium on crutches – that’s not the best picture you want to see after a game.
“On Sunday he felt better, on Monday he felt better. It’s a bruise in the heel, so that’s really painful and I can say that when it is too painful for Millie, then it’s really painful.”
There was better news for Liverpool fans on Dejan Lovren and Marko Grujic, both of whom sustained minor knocks, but are both in contention to face The Gunners at the weekend.
“There is no problem – Dejan has been completely normal in training,” added Klopp.
“Marko was back in training on Thursday, it was not serious as I mentioned after the game – painful but not serious.”
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