So much of the backlash from Liverpool’s EFL Cup semi-final defeat to Southampton has focused on Daniel Sturridge that it’s easy to forget he wasn’t the only one to blame.
The 27-year-old was again widely criticised for his performance in the second leg, and it seemed to epitomise the way his season’s gone.
Nonetheless, the England international did play a big role in getting the Reds to the last four – two-thirds of his goals this campaign have come in the League Cup, though he’s netted just two in the Premier League.
It’s evident that he’s lost a lot of his pace, which is hardly surprising given the injury problems he’s had over the years.
Despite all this, though, he’s intent on proving himself again at Anfield.
According to the Sun, Sturridge has even turned down a lucrative offer from China because he wants to show he can be relied on at Liverpool.
With Divock Origi also out of form, it’s possible that Jurgen Klopp may try and sign another out-and-out striker in the summer instead of relying on his front three of Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana, and Roberto Firmino.
Sturridge is determined that that shouldn’t happen, but he’s undoubtedly running out of chances to convince Klopp otherwise.