Stop-start Sturridge likely to miss Premier League opener

Daniel Sturridge is likely to miss out the reds opening Premier League game against Arsenal this Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp training in the USA

The England striker missed last weekend's double header of friendlies against Barcelona and Mainz as he was nursing a hip injury sustained in training.

Although he trained on Wednesday he was complaining of soreness the following day and with plenty of competition Klopp is unlikely to risk the player at the Emirates Stadium.

Speaking to LFC Klopp said:

“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.

“It is nothing serious with him, but it was enough to get him out of training and so now we have to see. It’s how I always say, we have to think about the players that are available at the moment and all the other guys have to work as hard as possible to become fit again.”

Meanwhile James Milner could also miss out as Klopp takes the cautious approach with one of Liverpool's most injury-averse players.

Milner went off during the Barcelona game after a heel injury,  Klopp highlighting the toughness of Milner when he spoke about his injury.

“With Millie we have to wait. It’s better than we all expected after (Saturday's) 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.

Elsewhere Dejan Lovren and Marko Grujic who picked up slight knocks last weekend are back in full training.

Klopp will speak to the media ahead of the weekend's game later today.

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