Liverpool fans react on Twitter to Sturridge display v Southampton
By Dominic Toner
Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge played the full 90 minutes in the defeat against Southampton – and the club’s supporters were furious with his performance on Twitter.
The 27-year-old was given a starting role by manger Jurgen Klopp and he failed to threaten the Saints goal despite spearheading the attack.
The Merseyside club slumped to a 1-0 away defeat in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final and will be pleased to leave with just a one-goal deficit.
Nathan Redmond scored the only goal of the game in the first-half as he capitalised on a poor attempted clearance from defender Ragnar Klavan, but he was denied by goalkeeper Loris Karius on separate occasions.
Liverpool will now have some serious work to do in the return leg at Anfield on 25 January if they are to reach the final.
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The Reds supporters highlighted the performance of Sturridge and voiced their frustration with him.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Sturridge was awful tonight he just never fully sprints he looks like he's running on ice awful display worst I've seen him!!! #LFC
— LW (@LWhittle45) January 11, 2017
Sturridge has been terrible. #LFC
— Anfield Bond (@AnfieldBond) January 11, 2017
Sturridge has been off today
— Caelan Viktor Castle (@DieRed_LFC) January 11, 2017
Sturridge proved to himself why he did not start games for us all this time.
— Mahak Mannan (@MahakLFC) January 11, 2017
The only pressing Sturridge does is when he's on his phone
— Scouse Mick (@MRoboLFC) January 11, 2017
Sturridge with the most selfish passage of play ever.
— Jürgen Klopp (@KeshBains_LFC) January 11, 2017
Sturridge & Can booked their places on the bench for Sunday tonight.
— Transfer war chest (@lee_lfc_) January 11, 2017
Wouldn't have Sturridge anywhere near the starting 11 me
— Dan Rogers (@Dan_Rogers91) January 11, 2017
Sturridge has played a bit-part role for Liverpool this season and has struggled to cement his place in the starting XI.
The England international is set to have a huge opportunity to impress during January as Sadio Mane is absent due to the Africa Cup of Nations, but he could still find his position under threat as Divock Origi waits in the wings.
Sturridge has now scored six goals in 17 appearances this season, but fans were more concerned with his overall effort.
The Merseyside club face a huge match against Manchester United on Sunday and Sturridge will face a nervous wait to see if he makes the starting line-up.
In other Liverpool news, the referee has been named for the upcoming game against United.