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Daniel Sturridge and James Milner Set to Miss Arsenal Game

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Daniel Sturridge's hip and James Milner's heel will most likely prevent each from seeing time against Arsenal next weekend.

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In news that will surprise few, Daniel Sturridge was held out of today's game against Barcelona after his now-chronic hip injury flared up. He will also not appear against Mainz, obviously, thus putting his place in the side that will face Arsenal in jeopardy.

Further contributing to anxiety of Reds across the globe, James Milner came off during the first half of today's game, and Jürgen Klopp confirmed post game that Milner left with a heel injury, the extent of which is not yet known but the seriousness of which sounds severe.

"[I]t doesn't look too good," Klopp said post match. "We have no real idea what it is, but it's something with the heel and we have to do a scan and then we'll know more." Troubling words, to say the least. Fingers crossed the stalwart midfielder makes a swift return, as Liverpool will need their Swiss Army Knife in the coming campaign.

While Origi looked incredibly bright and Moreno performed adequately today, this is still bad news. Sturridge's health is integral to Liverpool's plans the coming season. And while James Milner as full back depth hardly excites the average fan, he's look composed and competent at LB; one would be forgiven for believing he might start ahead of Moreno in the coming weeks.

News taking the shine off an otherwise good win is nothing new to Liverpool fans, particularly where injuries are concerned. One hopes neither injury is too serious. For now, let's be content to enjoy a good win against the Spanish champions.