Daniel Sturridge shows he still has plenty to offer Jurgen Klopp but he should have scored a hat-trick
- Daniel Sturridge was told by Jurgen Klopp to exploit space between defenders
- Striker did just that and nodded in opening goal of the game for Liverpool
- He had a couple more clear-cut chances and should have put game to bed
Daniel Sturridge showed he still has plenty to offer Jurgen Klopp but he spurned two glorious chances that would have put Liverpool out of sight.
Fifteen minutes before Sturridge opened the scoring, Klopp was up on his feet relaying instructions to his centre forward.
Spotting that the PSG centre halves Thiago Silva and Presnel Kimpembe were positioned too far apart, Klopp gestured to Sturridge to keep making runs in between them.
Daniel Sturridge scored the opening goal of the game and showed he has plenty to offer
That is exactly how he put Liverpool 1-0 up on the half-hour. With the centre backs already stretched following Trent Alexander-Arnold’s brilliant cross from the right, Sturridge nipped in between them to meet Andrew Robertson’s delivery from the left.
PSG should have been prepared for a barrage of crosses from Liverpool’s full backs.
Instead, Silva and Kimpembe kept leaving a huge gap for Liverpool to repeatedly exploit.
The Liverpool striker delivered on the instructions given to him by Jurgen Klopp
As the teams returned for the second half, Klopp was in Sturridge’s ear again — clearly encouraging him to keep asking questions of the PSG defenders.
In the second half, his poor control saw him foul PSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola when he could well have shot with his first touch.
Minutes later, he should have buried another header. He should have ended the night with a hat-trick.
Sturridge should have bagged a hat-trick but lacked a bit of match sharpness at Anfield