Daniel Sturridge apologises after Liverpool FC derby victory
Sturridge missed a penalty for his hat-trick against Everton before an exchange of words with Brendan Rodgers
January 29th, 2014
Liverpool were outstanding on Tuesday night as they put their Merseyside rivals to the sword, with the pace of movement of the Reds attacking players too much for Everton to handle.
Steven Gerrard got the ball rolling by heading home a Luis Suarez corner before Daniel Sturridge scored a brace of goals before half-time to effectively end this Merseyside derby as a contest.
Sturridge then had a chance to score his hat-trick after Raheem Sterling was felled by Tim Howard shortly after Suarez had made the scoreline 4-0, although the England international blazed his spot-kick over the bar and was substituted shortly after this happened.
It led to the striker questioning Brendan Rodgers’ decision to replace him when he needed one more goal for a derby hat-trick, although Sturridge has now apologised for this act of petulance and points to the fact that the most important thing was a win for the team.
“I apologise for my reaction” said Sturridge. “I was disappointed by missing the penalty and felt I’d let myself down as well as the fans. The hat-trick would have been the icing on the cake and it’s unfortunate.
“I was disappointed with myself. It was nothing to do with the manager and I’d like to apologise for my reaction if anybody took any offence. It’s not about me, it’s about the boys and a great victory.”
Sturridge was also guilty of failing to find Suarez with a pass when the Liverpool players outnumbered their opponents during an attacking move, although Rodgers drew a line under the spat despite claiming it wasn’t a tricky call to hook the forward.
“It wasn’t a difficult decision to take him off,” said the manager. “His two finishes were sublime – he was a threat in the game and looks a threat every time he plays.
“We had to cut the risk by bringing him off. I felt the change balanced the team back up and there was no problem. I think he was a little frustrated after the penalty and he apologised to the group. If the manager decides to take you off it’s not because you are playing poorly. Sometimes it’s tactical but whatever reason it is you have to respect it and don’t disrespect anyone. He hasn’t done that [shown disrespect]. He was frustrated he missed the penalty. It was a brilliant performance from him.”