Liverpool FC manager delighted by Sturridge performance at St Mary’s
Liverpool destroy Southampton 6-1 at St Mary’s, with the Reds now facing Stoke City in the Capital One Cup semi-finals
December 3rd, 2015
Liverpool continue to go great guns under Jurgen Klopp. The German made several changes to his team for Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup tie against Southampton, although the performance was an outstanding one.
Daniel Sturridge has emerged from injury to demonstrate what he can do in a red shirt this season, scoring two goals while Divock Origi bagged a hat-trick as the Merseyside team ran riot.
It was especially impressive when you consider that Connor Randall played right-back instead of Nathaniel Clyne, while Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Christian Benteke were all absent from the starting line-up.
Sadio Mane had given the Saints a first minute lead, although Liverpool were on the rampage after that, with Klopp thanking Sturridge for what he felt to be an outstanding performance.
“I said to Sturridge after the game ‘now I know what everybody is talking about so thank you’,” said Klopp.
“Of course I knew all about his quality, this was not a problem, but I had not seen it live in a stadium in such an important game.
“How do I know if he can be better than a couple of seasons ago? I don’t know. You have known him longer than me.
“The problem with Daniel was we didn’t know how long he could play. He did not have the perfect pre-season. It was a good decision [to select him], I have to say.”