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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 September 2018

Liverpool's Sturridge confident over injury scare after scoring in Bayern Munich win

The England forward went off after scoring in the 3-0 victory with a thigh injury.

Although he came off injured against Bayern Munich after scoring, Daniel Sturridge is upbeat on his fitness. Michael Dalder / Reuters
Although he came off injured against Bayern Munich after scoring, Daniel Sturridge is upbeat on his fitness. Michael Dalder / Reuters

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is hoping Daniel Sturridge's thigh injury does not turn out to be serious.

The striker, a second half substitute in Tuesday's Audi Cup match against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena, picked up the injury as he scored the final goal in the 3-0 victory.

Asked how bad the injury was, Klopp told a post-match press conference: "I can't say yet. He hurt his thigh.

"He has prepared well, really well, so I hope this is just a small injury and that he can play again soon.

"The goal was great and he had a chance just before that. You could see how fast he is.

"It's a shame and I hope it's nothing serious."

Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah found the target for Liverpool in the first half of a victory which earned a match against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

Sturridge was upbeat despite picking up the injury, which he feels "will be OK" and he says he is in good shape after a productive summer.

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“I’m feeling great," he told Liverpool's website. "I put in the work; I trained a lot in the summer in LA and I’ve not missed many sessions here. We’ve done triple sessions. I’ve pretty much trained every single session.

I’m feeling the best I’ve felt for a while. I’m looking forward to the season and hopefully we can have some success this season as well.”

Reflecting on his goal against Bayern," he added: “The first time I was running through, I wanted to do that but he didn’t come out.

“I was watching from the sidelines and I remember Mo [Salah] went running through on goal and the ‘keeper went down really early, so before I even came on I was thinking if I run through and I’m central, I’ll try to chip him because he goes down quite quickly.

“He didn’t actually go down! So it went against my plan but it worked anyway.”

Liverpool start their Premier League campaign at Watford on August 12.

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