By Alex Stevens
Daniel Sturridge was given a measly rating of three out of ten by the Telegraph for his puny display in Liverpool’s 0-0 draw against Manchester United.
Sturridge was recalled to Jurgen Klopp’s team as injuries forced the manager to reshuffle the pack but was insipid for an hour before he was substituted.
Replacement Adam Lallana immediately brought greater thrust and zest to the home side, although they were unable to score the goal that wold have secured victory.
The Telegraph were unimpressed by Sturridge’s performance and gave him the lowest rating of all the players on the Anfield pitch.
“Just as he had been for England, the striker was far too static and his touch was dreadful at times when the ball was played into his feet,” the newspaper reported. “Replaced after an hour and looks badly out of form.”
Sturridge, who is yet to complete a game for Liverpool this season, was not alone in under-performing as Jose Mourinho’s side dug deep to grind out a point in what was a generally dour match.
The Spanish goalkeeper did extremely well to stop Emre Can’s low effort and saved acrobatically from Philippe Coutinho as the visitors left with a point despite 35 per cent possession – the lowest they have had in a Premier League game since 2003.
The draw means that Jurgen Klopp’s side remain fourth in the table although they are only two points behind leaders Manchester City.
By contrast, United are in seventh and five points behind Pep Guardiola’s pacesetters.