Thursday 22 February 2018

'It's like playing with 10 men' - Jamie Carragher slates Daniel Sturridge after wasteful Liverpool performance

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge rues a missed chance during the EFL Cup Semi Final, Second Leg match at Anfield
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge rues a missed chance during the EFL Cup Semi Final, Second Leg match at Anfield

Callum Davis

Jamie Carragher has suggested Daniel Sturridge's 'legs might have gone' after the 27-year-old produced another disappointing performance for Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp named the striker in a strong starting line up as Liverpool looked to over-turn a one-goal deficit in their EFL Cup semi-final second leg with Southampton.

However, on a disappointing night that saw Liverpool crash out of the EFL Cup, Jamie Carragher was critical of Daniel Sturridge's contribution on Wednesday evening.

"When he plays and he doesn't score you're basically down to 10 men because he doesn't offer anything else," said Carragher, who was on punditry duty for Sky Sports.

"The only reason to have him in the team is for finishing ability. He doesn't do anything else in the game now."

Sturridge missed two clear cut chances as Liverpool failed to convert their pressure into goals against a resolute Southampton defence who have reached the EFL Cup final without conceding a single goal in the tournament.

The England international blazed a close range volley over the bar before he was only able to side-foot James Milner's cross over from three yards out.

"He's had a really poor night and usually he finishes that.

"He's a completely different player now to what he was when he first came under Brendan Rodgers. He used to give you penetration in behind and he had pace.

"I don't know whether his pace has completely gone, or he's worried about injuries - but his pace has gone. All he does is come to feet now.

"Now we have to criticise him tonight because he's missed chances but if you look at his overall record for Liverpool it's fantastic in terms of goals, and goals to game ratio. But I'm talking about his pace and his overall game."

Southampton's 1-0 win means Liverpool have won just once in 2017 so far.

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