By Will Butcher
Injury-plagued Daniel Sturridge has just eight days to recover until Liverpool’s Premier League opener against Arsenal.
The star striker was ruled out of their pre-season clash against Barcelona on Saturday with what the club claimed on their official Twitter account was a “slight hip issue”.
Liverpool demolished the Spanish champions 4-0 to lay down a marker ahead of the new season but there will be concern about the availability of Sturridge for the match against Arsenal on Sunday week.
The England international had his troubles with injury last season, making just 25 appearances for the Reds in all competitions last season, with just 14 coming in the Premier League.
Liverpool fans will also recall that a hip injury kept Sturridge out for five months between April 2015 and September 2015.
In his 25 appearances last year, Sturridge did manage a ratio of more than one goal in every two games, scoring 13 goals.
Liverpool do have plenty of replacements in the attacking third, with Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Danny Ings, Christian Benteke and Mario Balotelli all able to replace Sturridge.
However, the latter two are expected to be sold by manager Jurgen Klopp as he looks to cut the dead wood from his squad.
Klopp gave starts to new signings Ragnar Klavan, Georginio Wijnaldum and Mane against the Spanish Champions, while James Milner started at left-back over Spaniard Alberto Moreno.