Daniel Sturridge would have been desperate for a perfect pre-season at Liverpool to set him up for an important campaign at Anfield.
The striker has only made 26 Premier League appearances in the previous two seasons having been plagued with injury problems.
Since Jurgen Klopp took over the Reds in October, it seemed as though the former Manchester City and Chelsea forward had managed to shrug off any lingering fitness concerns. However, the fact that he appeared injury free may have been down to the fact that Klopp was using him sparingly.
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Ahead of this season, Sturridge would have wanted to demonstrate to his German manager that he should be the first choice striker ahead of the likes of Divock Origi, Danny Ings and Roberto Firmino - who often operates as a false nine.
But more injury niggles have hit Sturridge this summer and Klopp has revealed that he looks set to miss the opening fixture against Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday.
Klopp on Sturridge
“Sturridge could be involved in team training but missed a few sessions so we have to make a decision, if we use the next three, four, five days,” he said, per the Liverpool Echo.
“For some players, the pre-season will be longer as they have not been back as long. It makes sense to extend the pre-season for these players.
“He could train today 100%, after this I will make a decision what kind it will be.”
Sturridge is praying for a good season
It was just last week that the England international stated that he was determined to establish himself as the best striker in the league in this upcoming campaign.
“God willing it will be that season,” Sturridge said.
“I will continue to strive to be the best player—to be the best striker in the league and do the best for this club. I will strive to win silverware for this club.
“It’s God’s time. You know me, I’m always working, I’m always pushing myself to the limits and I want this to be the season where not just myself, but the team can be successful.”
Liverpool fans will just be hoping that this is just a minor setback for Sturridge and, although he may miss the clash against Arsenal, he will soon be back to full fitness. However, they will no doubt be praying that this early injury isn't a sign of things to come this season.