A much changed Liverpool team progress through to the quarter finals of the League Cup. The personnel were much changed, however the work rate and fast paced football was still ever-present.
Daniel Sturridge continued his great Cup form scoring both the goals in the 2-1 win. I am so pleased he took his opportunity well and he’s now scored 10 times in his past 8 League Cup appearances!!
- Sturridge has now scored 10 times in his past eight League Cup appearances.
- All four of his goals for Liverpool this season have been in the League Cup.
- Liverpool are 10 matches unbeaten in all competitions and have won 8 games in that run.
- New main stand yet to witness a loss.
- Origi and 18-year-old Ovie Ejaria playing either side of Sturridge.
How did we line up?
It only took 9 minutes for Sturridge to provide Klopp a reminder that he is still here – scoring a great ‘strikers’ goal from 6 yards.
Last night really demonstrated our strength in-depth with Jurgen Klopp making 11 changes from the weekend win against West Brom.
Divock Origi partnered Sturridge up front and the 2 combined well, both showing to Klopp there is an alternative should he wish to explore it.
Origi set up Sturridge another 2 times before he finally took advantage of the great play, racing through onto a defence splitting pass from Wijnaldum to slot through Vorm’s legs and into the back of the net.
To be honest, had Sturridge taken his chances the game would have been out of their reach much earlier. This is not just an issue with Sturridge, as it seems to be an reoccurring theme this season.
It was great to see substitute Danny Ings wanting to get in on the act as he had a one-on-one chance saved later on in the game.
Simon Mignolet made one solid low save from Vincent Janssen in the first half
The latter stages at Anfield saw Pochettino on his knees in frustration as Spurs exerted pressure but wasted opportunities.
Sturridge against Palace?
Despite a lack of league goal this season, Sturridge really put a case forward for why he should start the game against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Liverpool did give Spurs a chance to get back into the game when Lucas fouled Lamela from behind with what looked like a clumsy tackle in the box. Vincent Janssen converting the penalty to made it 2-1 in the 76th minute.
Origi told Liverpoolfc.com“I think we tried to look for each other and we’re happy that Daniel scored. He’s a top striker, we created the chances all together and it’s a good thing that we have a lot of options everywhere.”
Stand out youngster for the night has to be Trent Alexander-Arnold. Klopp giving him a debut at right back. Alexander-Arnold showing that he can step up and provide an alternative to Clyne. He will be a one to watch.
There are stories that Steve Gerrard will be returning to Anfield in potentially a coaching capacity.
Should this happen Alexander-Arnold will be really looked after as Gerrard is a big fan of his.
What the bosses said
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: “The game was what I expected, in a positive way for us. Then, for part of it, we lost concentration and caused our problems by ourselves. Overall, the summary is very positive – a deserved win.”
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: “I’m pleased with the performance but not the result. We fought until the end and created chances. It was a great experience and we can take a lot of positives. This will improve our confidence for the future.”
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