Carragher: This Liverpool player was bullied against Southampton
By Harvey Byrne
Jamie Carragher believes that Daniel Sturridge was bullied by Virgil van Dijk in Wednesday’s League Cup semi-final defeat.
The Reds fell to a 1-0 loss in the cup first leg at St Mary’s with Nathan Redmond’s first half strike proving decisive.
Sturridge, 27, started the match upfront and played the full 90 minutes in a poor display where he struggled to penetrate a strong Saints defensive unit.
Carragher was also scornful of the forward’s performance, stating that he didn’t do enough against the south coast side.
“He (Van Dijk) is immense. I say it every time I watch him, he just gets better and better,” said Carragher on Sky Sports, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
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“You know what it was like tonight, it was like watching a man play against a little boy with Daniel Sturridge. He bullied him all game. He never gave him a sniff.
“Daniel Sturridge didn’t do enough today. He didn’t move around, he didn’t have enough touches in the box. I know, he might be in there thinking, I didn’t get the service. But for great centre forwards, it doesn’t matter, they don’t need service, they make things happen for themselves and he didn’t do enough today.
“At times he was on the periphery wasn’t he? It was frustrating. Last year, when they won 6-1 here and I think it was Jurgen Klopp’s first real look at him and he probably thought great, this is someone I could use and he has got so much pace.”
Sturridge joined Liverpool in the 2013 winter window from Premier League rivals Chelsea for a £12million fee.
He has a good record when playing with a return of 60 goals in 108 fixtures for the Merseyside giants.
However, the England international has struggled for the Reds this season with just six goals and two assists in 16 encounters.
It looks like injuries have now had their toll on the former Manchester City youth graduate and he has lost a few yards of pace that he previously had.
With fierce rivals Manchester United coming up next on Sunday at Old Trafford, Sturridge will now face a wait to see whether he is included in the line-up.
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