Fans can be excused for their immediate, collective groan of frustration when Daniel Sturridge pulled up clutching thigh after scoring an excellent goal late in Liverpool’s match against Bayern Munich. Visions of Sturridge’s long, frequent absences due to various injuries were surely on the front of all our minds.
Having survived a full summer and preseason uninjured, fans were cautiously letting themselves get excited about the thought of Sturridge getting some significant minutes in the coming season. The thought of adding Sturridge’s fire power to an already skilled group of attackers is a very attractive prospect as Klopp attempts to navigate four different competitions this season.
Following Liverpool’s 3-0 victory against Bayern Munich, Sturridge was said to be in a good mood and calmed some fears about the nature of his thigh injury, incurred only minutes earlier.
“It just a little bit of tension kicking off,” he said. “I've done a lot of running and a lot of work. We train on the morning of the games. I think it's just a bit of fatigue to be honest. I'll be okay.
“I'm feeling great, I've put in a lot of work, I trained a lot in the summer in LA. I haven't missed many sessions here, they're looking after me, we have done triple sessions and things like that.
“I've trained nearly every session. I'm feeling the best I've felt for a little while and I'm looking forward to the season and hopefully we can have some success.”
One can be forgiven for remaining nervous until an official assessment is made. On the other hand, if anyone could be considered an expert on his own body’s injuries, it would be Sturridge. Either way, right now that means you can take a deep breath and enjoy both Sturridge’s goal and Liverpool’s win for another day before everything becomes the worst again.