By Harvey Byrne
TalkSport host Andy Goldstein has taken to Twitter to blast Jurgen Klopp’s decision to bring Daniel Sturridge on after 88 minutes in the game with Tottenham on Saturday.
Klopp brought the striker on for right-winger Sadio Mane with just two minutes to go, and Goldstein described it as a “pathetic decision”.
A first-half penalty from James Milner, followed by a second half strike from left-back Danny Rose ensured a share of the points for the sides in the Premier League clash at White Hart Lane.
However, Goldstein was clearly unimpressed by Klopp’s treatment of Sturridge in the match, and took to his personal Twitter account to air his views.
Sturridge on for 2 mins. Pathetic decision. He has goals in him. End of. It’s that easy
— Andy Goldstein MBE (@andygoldstein05) August 27, 2016
Sturridge started in last week’s shock 2-0 defeat against Burnley, albeit on the wing, and he was vocal earlier in the week about wanting to start in the striker role.
Roberto Firmino appears to be Klopp’s favoured choice for spearheading the attack, but the 24-year-old has only scored one goal so far this season, against Championship side Burton in the EFL Cup. Sturridge came off the bench in the same game and scored a brace in an easy 5-0 victory.
The England international put in a strong claim for a starting berth upfront last campaign. He finished as the club’s top scorer in all competitions with 13 goals, despite a prolonged injury absence.
In other Liverpool team news, Ragnar Klavan was left out of the squad against Tottenham on Saturday after he picked up a minor knee injury.