The England striker, who has assumed a peripheral role under Jurgen Klopp this season, responded to his demotion to second-choice centre-forward with a barnstorming display under the Anfield lights.
Sturridge netted both goals in a 2-1 victory, though the scoreline undersold Liverpool’s dominance on the night, with excellent performances across the park.
This was also reflected as supporters provided their ratings, with Sturridge’s performance deemed an 8.7.
Of Sturridge’s team-mates, however, only Origi (8.1) was rated higher than an 8, with Mignolet (7.6), Wijnaldum (7.6) and Kevin Stewart (7.1) the only other players to breach the 7 mark.
Alexander-Arnold was deployed at right-back, and his defensive colleagues Lucas Leiva (6.7), Ragnar Klavan (6.3) and Alberto Moreno (6.7) seemingly failed to impress, with Klavan rated the lowest of any Liverpool player to feature on the night.
This perhaps unfairly paints the result as the fruit of two dominant performances—from Origi and, in particular, Sturridge—with Mignolet, Wijnaldum, Stewart, Ejaria and Lucas all in fine form.
But Sturridge certainly deserves recognition, on a night where he showcased his talents once again.
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