Brendan Rodgers plays down Daniel Sturridge injury

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Brendan Rodgers has confirmed striker Daniel Sturridge has returned to England from Liverpool’s International Champions Cup campaign in the United States because of a hamstring injury but insisted that it is “nothing major”.

The Reds boss spoke out on the England international after watching his side continue their good pre-season form with a 2-0 victory against Italian giants AC Milan in Charlotte thanks to goals from Joe Allen and Suso.

Rodgers revealed that Sturridge was struggling ahead of the game and would not be ready to face rivals Manchester United in the final of the International Champions Cup tournament in Miami on Monday night.

Therefore he felt it was a good idea for him to return to Liverpool to get treatment with a view to him featuring at some point in next weekend’s clash against Borussia Dortmund ahead of the new Premier League campaign, which starts a week later against Southampton at Anfield on August 17.

“Dan has flown back to the UK,” Rodgers said. “He wasn’t going to be ready for the game on Monday – but there’s no concern there, he’ll be ready for Borussia Dortmund at the weekend.

“It was just best to get him back early, back to the training ground so he could get some treatment there. He had a really, really slight feeling in his hamstring. It’s nothing major.”

Liverpool, who are available at 11.00 to win the Premier League this coming season, can be backed at 1.37 to win their season opener against Southampton, with the Saints on offer at 6.70 and the draw at 4.53.

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