Jurgen Klopp admits he has “no idea” whether Daniel Sturridge will be fit to face Arsenal on Sunday.
After another injury-hit campaign last season, Liverpool had hoped that Sturridge would overcome his injury problems to feature more prominently in the future.
The striker played for England at Euro 2016, and was set to start the season as Liverpool’s leading striker, but has picked up another injury issue.
He was left out of the squad to face Barcelona at Wembley on Saturday, in what the club described as a ‘precautionary’ decision.
Asked for a one word answer on Sturridge’s availability, Klopp replied: “No idea. That’s a two word answer!
“I’m always ready,” he added, with the season-opener against Arsenal coming on Sunday. “We played some games that were very good, others that were less good.
“Barcelona was really good and then we had Mainz, and that is what you need. You have to work and that is all. That is what we are doing.
“We will be ready for the first game next week, for sure. But if Arsenal was the best game of the season for us, there would be something wrong with the season.
“We still have to go on. This is only the first game. We cannot decide the whole season in one game. But we need to be as good as possible. And that is what we will be, 100 per cent.
“But I am not in the mood to say this is our final shape.”