Liverpool FC manager praises super-sub Daniel Sturridge
Daniel Sturridge creates late winner in Monday’s Merseyside derby
December 20th, 2016
Liverpool have closed the gap at the top of the Premier League table to six points, with the Reds beating arch-rivals Everton on Monday night after Sadio Mane scored an injury-time winner.
However, it was Daniel Sturridge who effectively created the goal after the Liverpool substitute ran across the edge of the penalty area and his deflected shot bounced off the post before his team-mate was able to bundle the ball in.
Jurgen Klopp cut a triumphant figure at the end, with the German praising Sturridge’s impact at the end of a hard-fought Merseyside derby which had seen Everton start the game fiercely before Liverpool gradually wrested control of the match.
Even so, it had appeared that both sides would have to settle for a point before Sturridge’s intervention and Klopp had plenty of nice things to say about the England striker.
“When you have Daniel on the bench you are always thinking about when is the right time to bring him on,” Klopp said. “It is an unusual situation but at the same time a good option when you can bring on his fresh legs when the game is so tight. He helped us a lot tonight in a difficult game.
“We had our moments,” Klopp said. “We could have been ahead before added time but the main thing in a match like this is not to give too many chances away and we didn’t. Of course it was not the best football in the world but you have to take it like it is. We stayed cool in the first half and improved in the second.”