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Coutinho and Sturridge set to miss Liverpool’s Premier League opener

Date Posted,August 10, 2017

Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge both look set to miss Liverpool’s Premier League opener at Watford on Saturday.

Neither player trained at Melwood yesterday and they are unlikely to feature at Vicarage Road.

The star Brazilian has been undergoing treatment on a back problem over the past week as speculation about his future rumbles on.

Coutinho was pictured driving in and out of the Reds’ training base but didn’t join his fellow players for training and instead had a check-up with medical staff.

An animated Jurgen Klopp makes his point to Ryan Kent (Image: Liverpool FC via Getty)
The Reds prepare for their season opener at Watford (Image: Liverpool FC via Getty)

Liverpool rejected an improved offer of £90.4million from Barcelona on Wednesday and remain adamant he’s not for sale at any price.

Sturridge continues to work with the club’s rehab staff having limped out of last week’s Audi Cup win over Bayern Munich due to discomfort in his thigh.

Jordan Henderson leads his side in the absence of Coutinho (Image: Liverpool FC via Getty)
Joe Gomez gets between Georginio Wijnaldum and Emre Can (Image: Liverpool FC via Getty)

Nathaniel Clyne has missed the entire pre-season programme and will sit out the clash with the Hornets. Trent Alexander-Arnold is expected to start at right-back.

Captain Jordan Henderson is fit after recovering from a virus, while new signings Mohamed Salah, Dominic Solanke and Andy Robertson all trained as they hope to be handed a debut by Jurgen Klopp.

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