But just three days later, the 26-year-old told Jurgen Klopp he was ready to play again.
A dramatic night at Anfield saw Liverpool survive a late fightback from Paris Saint-Germain to emerge 3-2 victors in their Group C opener on Tuesday.
Kylian Mbappe made the Reds pay for their wasteful in the second half with a late equaliser, but Roberto Firmino stepped off the bench to score a last-gasp victor.
But Roberto Firmino endeared himself to the Anfield faithful again by popping up with a crucial victor in injury time.
But the French champions pulled one back before the interval through Thomas Meunier - the goal allowed to stand despite Edinson Cavani being offside in the build-up.
"Some people won't play as much as they want, especially when it has been Saturday to Saturday and the gaffer has kind of stuck with his team".
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"I sent him a message on Monday saying: 'Hey Bobby, come on, we need you'".
Thomas Meunier's low volley cut Liverpool's lead in the first half and the Belgium global suggested PSG should consider following the Reds' tactical plan.
While Liverpool fans are pumped for the nights when PSG, Roma or Borussia Dortmund come to town, games against Brighton, Bournemouth and Huddersfield have a different feel.
6 minutes later, James Milner doubled the lead for the Merseyside Reds from the spot.
Liverpool thought they had a third after the break when Mohamed Salah had the ball in the net but the effort was ruled out by referee Cuneyt Cakir who correctly ruled that Sturridge had fouled Areola when the pair scrapped for a loose ball.
Sturridge eventually made way for Firmino as Liverpool kept the intensity up but one loose pass from Salah undid all their hard work.