Jurgen Klopp confirmed earlier on Monday that there was no realistic likelihood of the Reds replacing Coutinho before the transfer window shut.
And that left supporters in dismay at the prospect of not being left able to compete with a full-strength squad.
Sturridge’s contributions were recalled by plenty…
— Luke Vials (@Luke_Vials) January 29, 2018
Say what you like about Coutinho, but Daniel Sturridge will leave with the best wishes of every Liverpool fan. A Liverpool career cruelly curtailed by injury, he helped make us dream and gave us some fantastic memories. pic.twitter.com/Fsrz4LQrjf
— LFC Fans Corner (@LFCFansCorner) January 29, 2018
Sturridge was great for Liverpool on the field. And off it was my favourite player too, he was funny af n the only reason I’ve checked the LFC YouTube channel out. Hope man scores all the goals for west brom #LFC
— g / watching attack on titan (@Hedwigsbro) January 29, 2018
123 games, 63 goals & 24 asissts isn't too bad at all, if Sturridge wasn't injury prone just think how many more goals he would of scored at #LFC.
I hope he has a great loan move, goes to the World Cup and hopefully returns to Anfield in the Summer.
— Cam (@ProxyLFC) January 29, 2018
The decision to offload two big forward options midway through the season was ridiculed…
It wasn't that long ago that Coutinho and Sturridge were regarded as our two best players. Offloading both without replacements is completely stupid.
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) January 29, 2018
Glad for Studge, but two injuries and we're screwed. If Salah and Firmino get injured I dread to think what will happen.
MU: Sanchez (Mkhi)
TH: Moura (?)
Arsenal: Aubameyang (?) & Mkhi (Sanchez)
LFC VVD (Coutinho, Studge)
— Andy Partridge (@AndyP2609) January 29, 2018
Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge both joined #LFC in January 2013 and have departed the club this month – the latter on loan. They contributed a combined 334 appearances and 117 goals. pic.twitter.com/ex8WNTflfi
— Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) January 29, 2018
Sturridge loan move makes perfect sense for the player, but only weakens Liverpool further given we're not even replacing him. He's nowhere near the player he used to be, but still vastly superior to Solanke & Ings.
— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) January 29, 2018
Some fans were looking for the options within the squad to fill gaps if needed…
Salah can play up front if needed. Ox can go in the front 3. And dare I say it but I'd probably say Moreno's best position is on the wing if needed. *hides*
— David Hickman (@DavidHickman87) January 29, 2018
We'll all be eating our words when Danny Ings goes on to score a hat full of goals helping us to secure top 4 and get to the semi final of the Champions League ??
— Andy Myers (@djandymyers) January 29, 2018
Others looked to the market to assess whether a striker could be found…and weren’t optimistic about the chances of it happening soon.
Can LFC bring back Origi? I know they haven't played a huge amount but it's kinda concerning Solanke and Ings haven't scored this season and they're the back-up options…
— ReviewFootball (@ReviewFootball) January 29, 2018
I think every Liverpool fan is waiting to see if this is all a cover and Lemar and a striker are already signed. Otherwise, we're two long term injuries from completely derailing.
— Top Eleven Journo (@theredtheorist) January 29, 2018