Liverpool had to work hard in the latter stages to book their place in the quarterfinals of the EFL Cup as the Reds overcame Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on Tuesday night. The Merseysiders emerged victorious with a 2-1 scoreline as a double from Daniel Sturridge on both sides of the half made all the difference despite Vincent Janssen reducing the deficit from a spot kick.
The Anfield club made 11 eleven changes from their win over West Brom at the weekend whereas their London opposition made 10 as both the managers entrusted their second choice options and teenagers to do the job.
There were many strong tackles in the game as both the teams complained to the referee, Jon Moss, incessantly about them. Let's take a look at the 5 talking points from the game that went to Jurgen Klopp's way:
#1 Daniel Sturridge forces his way back into Klopp’ plans
The Liverpool forward scored a brace to give them a place in the quarterfinals as this game was a must for Sturridge to make an impression. Klopp has gone for Roberto Firmino as the lone forward in the big games but Sturridge proved his worth yet again as he finished both his chances with supreme precision.
This was his eighth goal in six matches in the EFL Cup for the Reds as the 26-year-old is scoring for fun in the knockout tournament. Liverpool's fastest ever player to reach 50 goals, Sturridge has the potential to be one of the league's best and with a brace against fellow title contenders, Spurs, Jurgen Klopp has been given a headache of who to choose to lead the line.