It was almost the perfect night for Liverpool against Bayern Munich.
Jurgen Klopp’s side took on Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in the Audi Cup expecting a very tough match.
But the 90 minutes that followed belonged to Liverpool.
Goals from Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Daniel Sturridge saw the Reds cruise to a 3-0 victory.
But, as we say, it was ‘almost perfect.’
That’s because Sturridge appeared to pick up a muscle injury after scoring his outrageous chip in the final 10 minutes. Immediately after scooping the ball over Sven Ulreich, Sturridge appeared to feel his thigh and was substituted minutes later.
The forward has been plagued with injuries in recent years at Liverpool and those five seconds summed up his career – scoring a brilliant goal and getting injured.
KLOPP ON STURRIDGE’S FITNESS IN PRE-SEASON
Just last week, Klopp revealed how the 27-year-old was looking very good in training.
“Good, very good. Daniel has been a part of full pre-season so far,” Klopp said.
“It’s been quite intense but he’s been part of pretty much every session.
“Last pre-season was after a tournament and only a short break. But this year he has had a proper break and is in a good physical shape, absolutely.”
STURRIDGE PROVIDES UPDATE ON HIS INJURY
So, when Sturridge pulled up and producing his fantastic finish, Liverpool fans were gutted for him.
They were desperate to hear some news on his injury and, luckily he provided some after the game.
When Goal’s Melissa Reddy asked him about his injury, he replied: “Nah, it’s nothing serious.”
Daniel Sturridge in very good spirits walking through the mixed zone. Said "nah, it's nothing serious" when I asked about his injury.#LFC
— Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) August 1, 2017
Whether he’s saying that in hope or whether we can actually take his word for it is unknown, though.
Either way, he has just 10 days to get himself fit for the start of the new season. Although if he does, he might it difficult to start ahead of Roberto Firmino with the Brazilian producing a fantastic performance against the Bavarians.