Daniel Sturridge aiming for Watford return

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Sadio Mane celebrates opening the scoring against Bayern Munich
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Daniel Sturridge is aiming to return from injury in time for Liverpool’s Premier League opening day to trip to Vicarage Road.

Liverpool’s absentee list is piling up and we haven’t even started the Premier League season yet.

The Reds are without Adam Lallana (thigh), Philippe Coutinho (back), Jordan Henderson (illness), Nathaniel Clyne (back) and Daniel Sturridge (thigh) for their final pre-season fixture against Bilbao in Dublin on Saturday.

However, while Clyne and Lallana look to be out for an extended period of time – Lallana as long as three months – Klopp should be boosted by the news that Henderson, Coutinho and Sturridge should all be back for the Reds opening day clash with Watford.

The Telegraph report that striker Daniel Sturridge is hoping to return to training this coming week and force himself back into contention for selection against the Hornets while Philippe Coutinho’s Dublin absence is “only a precaution.”

Sturridge’s injury came during his short cameo against Bayern Munich in which he looked threatening, skimming the post with an earlier sighter before a world-class finish put the gloss on the eventual 3-0 score line but saw the forward tweak his thigh in the process.

Instead of wheeling off in celebration after breaking on the counter and chipping Munich’s ‘keeper, Sturridge pulled up short, grimacing and clutching his upper leg. A sad summary of the striker’s entire Liverpool career within a 30 second period.

The English striker himself has put his injury down to fatigue from training over anything else – the Reds have been undergoing double and triple training session days since starting pre-season again on July 5th – and is hoping to be back sooner rather than later ahead of a campaign in which squad depth is going to be vital for Klopp.

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