Liverpool have suffered a further blow to their pre-season preparations, as striker Daniel Sturridge is set to miss the club’s final warm-up match against Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.
The disappointing news follows the revelation that Adam Lallana will mist the first three months of the season, while Barcelona target Philippe Coutinho is out of Saturday’s game with a back injury.
As reported by The Telegraph, Sturridge injured his thigh during the Audi Cup in Munich, and will not travel to Dublin for tomorrow’s match.
The 27-year-old has suffered an injury-blighted career, missing much of last season with a hip problem. The Reds appear to be facing an injury crisis at the worst time possible – with the Premier League set to begin in just over a week.
'84: Daniel Sturridge scores a beautiful goal.
'87: Gets substituted for injury.
His career in a nutshell pic.twitter.com/aNzpo5JMXk
— Football Tweets (@FutballTweets) August 1, 2017
The club supporters may have even further cause for concern, as the Mirror have reported that club talisman Phillippe Coutinho will also miss tomorrow’s match with a slight back problem.
Reds fans have fair reason to be on edge after this information, given that Barcelona are believed to be determined to bring the talented Brazilian to Catalonia to Neymar, who finally departed for Paris Saint-Germain in a world record-shattering deal.
Liverpool are still thought to be keen on investing further in the summer transfer window, having already brought in tenacious forward Mohamed Salah, speedy wing-back Andrew Robertson and young starlet Dominic Solanke.
Phil Coutinho with a "bad back"…… Neymar transfer will create a domino effect across Europe now.
— Chris Williams (@Chris78Williams) August 4, 2017
The Reds continue to be linked with a number high-profile targets, including Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk, and Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
In addition to the growing injury concerns, the Merseyside club were dealt a tough tie in the Champions League qualifying round against Bundesliga dark horses Hoffenheim on Friday.