6 Apr 2017

Anfield Farce: Klopp makes shock confession about Daniel Sturridge after Bournemouth fiasco,

Liverpool fans are still reeling from Jurgen Klopp's damaging decision to replace an attacking player with a defender during last night's 2-2 draw with Bournemouth, and in my view, the most pressing question is this: why didn't Daniel Sturridge come on to replace Philippe Coutinho?

In his post-match press conference, Klopp offered the following baffling response to that question:

"When we took Phil [Coutinho] off on 60-something minutes, it was too early for Daniel [Sturridge] in this intense game".

In the words of Charles Lee Ray (aka 'Chucky'):

If it's 'too early' for Sturridge to play, then why was he on the bench? Including a player on the bench generally signifies that the player is capable of playing, but seemingly not when it comes to Liverpool (!)

Klopp must've known before the game that Sturridge isn't fit to play, yet he still decided to waste bench space on a player who's unable to contribute. It makes no sense whatsoever.

Why not just include Harry Wilson, who has over 50 goals and assists for the U23s this season? If Klopp is willing to include Alexander Arnold, and Woodburn - both of whom are younger - then he can surely include Wilson, too.

Every game in the Premier League is intense, and if Sturridge can't handle 20-30 minutes in a home game against (on paper) comparatively inferior opposition, how is he going to handle physical, intense away games against Stoke and West Brom?

Another questionable decision from Klopp?


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