Daniel Sturridge sent Liverpool into the League Cup quarterfinals and gave Jurgen Klopp a reminder of his talents with two clinical goals in a 2-1 win over Tottenham on Tuesday night.
The England striker has struggled to convince Klopp this season, but he was a livewire all night at Anfield where his double put the hosts in charge before Vincent Janssen pulled a goal back with a penalty for the visitors.
Klopp says: “He did what he has to do. It was brilliant, he could have scored three or four.”
Liverpool, record eight times League Cup winners and last season’s beaten finalists, were ahead after nine minutes when Sturridge, who has started just two of their last six games in all competitions, showed predatory instincts to poke home.
While his work rate often comes under scrutiny, Sturridge’s eye for goal has never been in doubt and when Marko Grujic’s shot deflected into his path, he showed lightning reactions to beat Spurs keeper Michel Vorm to the ball.