Daniel Sturridge will not let this one lie, oddly.
Following the Merseyside Derby victory over Everton, Daniel Sturridge gave a post-match interview in which he claimed Coutinho’s curler should go down as his, as it potentially brushed his shorts on the way through. There was literally no deviation, so when we posted the story yesterday, many Reds incorrectly told us Sturridge was only teasing.
Sadly, he wasn’t!
In an interview with the Echo, the striker has reiterated that the Brazilian’s strike, which has been marked as Coutinho’s everywhere, actually belongs to him.
“He would claim it is his but it touched me so it is my goal. If I shot and it hit someone I wouldn’t like to lose the goal but it hit me so I have to claim it,” the 26-year-old said.
“If it touches you, you claim it, wherever it touches you – eyelash, wherever. It did actually touch me. I’m not the type of guy who would claim a goal if it didn’t touch me.
“I know there are some guys out there hungry for goals but I’m not that hungry. There has been some dubious decisions but that is not dubious, it is clear for everyone to see.”
Strikers are right to be selfish when it comes to claiming goals, and it’s this ruthless streak which makes forward like Sturridge so effective.
But in this instance, we think he’s making a mistake. The ball potentially brushes his shorts, but doesn’t deflect off him in any way. It was a superb strike by Coutinho, who makes enough of Sturridge’s goals with great assists, so for the forward to take it off his team-mate seems poor form, for us.
Take a look below and decide for yourselves…