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Klopp sweats over Sturridge as Pool breeze past Bayern

Bayern Munich 0 Liverpool 3

By Paul Burrows

Jurgen Klopp is hopeful that the injury sustained by Daniel Sturridge in last night's victory over Bayern Munich is not serious. The striker emerged from the bench to put the seal on Liverpool's win with a sublime 82nd minute chip - but strained his thigh in the process and had to be replaced.

Still waiting to discover the extent of the problem, Klopp explained: "I can't say yet [how bad the injury is].

"He hurt his thigh. He has really prepared well, really well, so I hope this is just a small injury and that he can play again soon.

"The goal was great and he had a chance just before that. You could see how fast he is.

"It's a shame and I hope it's nothing serious."

Sturridge's strike confirmed Liverpool's passage to this evening's Audi Cup final, where they will meet Atletico Madrid at the Allianz Arena.

Sadio Mane opened the scoring and Mohamed Salah doubled the Premier League side's lead before Sturridge - introduced as a replacement for Joel Matip on 68 minutes - netted with a fine chip that he afterwards revealed he had been plotting from the bench.

"I was watching from the sidelines and I remember Mo [Salah] went running through on goal and the 'keeper went down really early, so before I even came on I was thinking if I run through and I'm central, I'll try to chip him because he goes down quite quickly," he said.

"He didn't actually go down! So it went against my plan but it worked anyway."

On his injury, he said: "I'm feeling great. I put in the work; I trained a lot in the summer in LA and I've not missed many sessions here. We've done triple sessions. I've pretty much trained every single session.

"I'm feeling the best I've felt for a while. I'm looking forward to the season and hopefully we can have some success this season as well."

Ahead of today's meeting with Atletico - who overcame Napoli in yeterday's other tie - Pool boss Klopp added: "My team showed how well they can play football - the third goal was great, it was a really good move in attack. In the first half we played very well on the counter, defensive pressing was very good. If you look at the intensity of the training in the last few days, it was very good."

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