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Klopp is reluctant to take a chance on his star striker .

Daniel Sturridge reportedly left out of Liverpool squad for Arsenal clash

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Liverpool fans are no doubt going into the new Premier League season full of optimism as they look forward to a first full campaign under Jurgen Klopp.

Now that the Anfield boss has had a whole summer to make his mark, it will certainly be interesting to see how the Reds shape up for their opening day game against Arsenal.

However, if Klopp is to outsmart Arsene Wenger, he will have to do it without one of his star men.

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Liverpool writer Simon Hughes has revealed that while Daniel Sturridge is fit, he won't be included in the squad to face the Gunners because the club are trying to manage him carefully.

The forward made it to Euro 2016 with England, where he scored one goal, but that means he missed out several pre-season training sessions.

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News of a missing Sturridge threatened to send fans into meltdown, but in fact, such is their faith in their manager that the response was surprisingly calm.

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That might be because they recently beat Barcelona 4-0 without the front man, so maybe the Merseyside faithful are relying on Divock Origi and Sadio Mane to produce the goods again.

There was one interesting aside, too, with reports claiming Sturridge believes the media are "obsessed" with his injuries:

Arsenal will be fielding a weakened defence due to injuries to Per Mertesacker and Gabriel, so that may work in Liverpool's favour.

Either way, they can't afford for Sturridge to suffer a serious injury if they were to rush him back too quickly, as it's pretty likely they'll be needing his goals sooner rather than later if they're to stand a chance of competing in one of the toughest Premier Leagues in years.

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