Daniel Sturridge injures thigh in victory over Bayern

Daniel Sturridge injures thigh in victory over Bayern

The 25-year-old was widely expected to leave Anfield this summer having made just two Premier League starts last season, with makeshift left-back James Milner preferred to him in Klopp's starting lineup.

Liverpool's Senegalese striker Sadio Mane (L) and his teammate Liverpool's Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah (R) react after the second goal for Liverpool during the second Audi Cup football match between FC Bayern Munich and FC Liverpool in the stadium in Munich, southern Germany, on August 1, 2017.

After Klopp's fine, steady work in building a fearless Liverpool side, this would represent a real blow.

The English international downplayed the injuries and told the Liverpool website that he is "fine" and the injury is "just fatigue to be honest, so I'll be ok".

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After the match, Klopp said about his forward "I can't say, but he hurt his thigh".

"If you want to win, obviously you want to (draw) a smaller opponent, but we played against Bayern yesterday and we can play much better".

Regardless, Liverpool begin their Premier League campaign against Watford in the early kick-off on the opening Saturday. Despite the victory, the night was tarnished by an all too familiar woe - that is another injury to Daniel Sturridge.

Instead, Sturridge will remain at the club's Bavarian training base in Rottach-Egern, where medical staff will continue to assess the extent of his muscle injury.

Klopp's enthusiasm ahead of next season is, however, being threatened by Barcelona's interest in Liverpool's star Philippe Coutinho. "The word is 'no' and there are no other interpretations of that word". "They've done everything expected of them, they had a very intensive programme and I'm very happy with it. We've got to get the freshness we didn't have today, but there's still one-and-a-half weeks to go and still time to prepare".