Daniel Sturridge injury setback is a 'shame', says Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp was left lamenting Daniel Sturridge’s misfortune with injuries once again after seeing the Liverpool striker forced off in the closing stages of a 3-0 Audi Cup win at Bayern Munich.

Sturridge left the pitch shortly after scoring his side’s third goal, having appeared to hurt himself while deftly chipping the ball over opposition goalkeeper Sven Ulreich.

Speaking after the victory, which saw Liverpool progress into Wednesday’s final against Atletico Madrid, Klopp confirmed that Sturridge had injured his thigh but could not comment on the severity of the problem.

“[Sturridge] has prepared really well and I just hope this is a small injury and he can play again soon,” he said.

“The goal was great, he had a chance before that; you can see how fast he is and it’s a shame. I hope it’s nothing serious.”

Sturridge’s career has been blighted by a long history of injury problems. The 27-year-old has not played over 1,000 minutes of league football in a season since the 2013-14 campaign, in which he finished as the Premier League’s second-highest scorer.

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