Klopp prepared to buy after Milner, Sturridge blows

Date published: Sunday 7th August 2016 9:25

Jurgen Klopp says that Liverpool are prepared to react in the transfer market after James Milner suffered an injury in pre-season.

The Reds cruised to an impressive 4-0 victory over Barcelona on Saturday, but their evening began on a negative note as Daniel Sturridge was ruled out of the starting line-up through injury.

There are once again question marks over Sturridge’s fitness ahead of next week’s Premier League opener at Arsenal after the England striker was absent with what was described as a “minor hip injury”.

And manager Klopp was dealt another blow when Milner, who was playing in Liverpool’s problem left-back position, limped off moments before half-time.

“We hope we are injury free, but Milly doesn’t look too good,” Klopp said after the game. “We have no real idea what it is but it is something with his heel.

“We’ll have a scan and then know more. But it would be something not too good.”

The German, who refused to answer a question from a Sun journalist, added that the club are prepared to sign a player to replace Milner if his injury is serious.

“I’m happy with squad but if injury happens then we need to react,” he said. “There are already a few injuries in positions that are not too good for us, so we have to keep our eyes open.

“We will do this. We have until August 31 – why should I say it’s over?”

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