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Liverpool v Tottenham - story of the match

Published 25/10/2016

Daniel Sturridge, centre, scored twice to send Liverpool through
Daniel Sturridge, centre, scored twice to send Liverpool through

Daniel Sturridge struck twice at Anfield to see off Tottenham and send Liverpool into the fifth round of the EFL Cup.

The England striker has now scored eight times in six Reds appearances in the competition, netting in each half to remind a seemingly sceptical Jurgen Klopp of his prowess.

Sturridge was one of the most senior players on show amid much rotation and his goals were enough to settle matters on Merseyside, despite Vincent Janssen's 76th-minute penalty bringing late tension and a flattering 2-1 scoreline.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"Some criticise Sturridge for not staying in position enough but his movement/free-spiritedness is what makes him different to other strikers". Sunday Times football correspondent Jonathan Northcroft analyses Sturridge.

STAR MAN

Daniel Sturridge. His last Liverpool goals came in August, in this very competition, so confidence will have been gleaned from this brace, even if he should have walked away with the match ball. The opening strike was instinctive and there was an aura of calmness to finish off a one-on-one for his second, but there were two poor shots in-between when perhaps the England striker will point to a lack of action for the rustiness. He nearly grabbed a third anyway with some quick thinking as his deflected effort came back off the crossbar.

REDS HAVE GREATER DEPTH

This was a case of two clubs with Premier League title aspirations attempting to prove the strength of their squad's depth in the cup and, in that respect, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp will have come away more satisfied. Eric Dier was the only man in the 22 to have started at the weekend and in Sturridge, Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum, Klopp has players staking legitimate claims for starting berths at Crystal Palace. In contrast, Spurs lacked the zeal displayed by Mauricio Pochettino's first-choice XI and only came alive when Erik Lamela and Victor Wanyama were brought on.

THE NEXT HOMETOWN HERO?

Trent Alexander-Arnold became the 18th Liverpudlian to make his debut for the red half of the city since Steven Gerrard made his bow at the back end of the previous millennium. From Stephen Wright to Connor Randall, there have been no success stories in-between but teenager Alexander-Arnold produced an encouraging display at Anfield, getting forward well while keeping the talented Georges-Kevin Nkoudou in tow.

RATINGS

Liverpool

Simon Mignolet 7

Trent Alexander-Arnold 7

Ragnar Klavan 7

Lucas 6

Alberto Moreno 7

Ovie Ejaria 6

Kevin Stewart 6

Georginio Wijnaldum 8

Marko Grujic 7

Divock Origi 8

Daniel Sturridge 8

Subsitutes

Nathaniel Clyne (on for Alexander-Arnold) 7

Danny Ings (on for Origi) 6

Emre Can (on for Grujic) 6

Tottenham

Michel Vorm 8

Kieran Trippier 7

Kevin Wimmer 6

Cameron Carter-Vickers 6

Ben Davies 6

Eric Dier 6

Harry Winks 5

Tom Carroll 5

Josh Onomah 6

Georges-Kevin Nkoudou 5

Vincent Janssen 6

Substitutes

Erik Lamela (on for Carroll) 7

Victor Wanyama (on for Dier) 7

Shayon Harrison (on for Nkoudou) 5

WHO'S UP NEXT?

Crystal Palace v Liverpool (Premier League, October 29)

Tottenham v Leicester (Premier League, October 29)

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