Another barren night for Daniel Sturridge.
The Englishman, fully fit for practically the entire campaign, hasn’t bagged in the Premier League yet and seems off the pace. He’s not offering anything in behind and his decision making has been consistently poor.
Jurgen Klopp substitued the 27-year-old after the hour mark and unfortunately for the player, Liverpool were a noticeably better outfit when his replacement Adam Lallana entered the fray.
Klopp though has suggested his players didn’t make it easy for Sturridge, who was often isolated centrally.
“It was a really difficult game for a striker, the way we played it wasn’t easy to enjoy for a striker,” the Reds boss told the Mirror.
“In the first half Phil made a brilliant run and wanted to pass to Daniel but Mane was free on the right.
“We had a really good attitude, the players worked really hard and tried everything, but only with the wrong tools.”
Klopp’s words are fair in many ways: it wasn’t an enjoyable night to be a lone forward – but Sturridge’s performances are undeniably worrying.
We’re clearly a better side when Roberto Firmino leads the line and Coutinho plays advanced on the left, which will consign Sturridge to a bench role. What’s more, some fans are beginning to believe Divock Origi and Danny Ings deserve time ahead of him as well.