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Daniel Sturridge's latest injury setback is not good news for Liverpool fans

The attacker is a big doubt for the Reds’ weekend clash with the Saints.

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DANIEL STURRIDGE SEEMS set to miss Liverpool’s clash with Southampton on Sunday after suffering a knee injury in training.

He’ll go for a scan to assess the extent of the damage.

The 26-year-old has had plenty of setbacks ever since a thigh problem led to five months out of action last year. He later picked up a calf strain and then had an operation on his hip in May.

He’s featured for Liverpool three times this season – scoring twice in the 3-2 win over Aston Villa.

Because of his succession of injuries, Sturridge hasn’t had a steady run in the side in a long time and it’s affecting his match fitness and sharpness.

Last term,  he managed just five goals because of the litany of interruptions.

That followed a remarkable 2013/2014 campaign, when Sturridge dovetailed superbly with Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling and very nearly pushed Liverpool to a Premier League title.

With pressure on new signings like Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino to hit the ground running, Sturridge was looked upon as someone who could reduce the burden.

So, Jurgen Klopp will be hoping his striker’s latest injury concern does not linger.

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