Daniel Sturridge’s sensational strike for Liverpool in the Europa League final has been lost in the shambles of the second-half.
The striker gave Jurgen Klopp’s side a first-half lead with a stunning outside-of-the-foot effort from just inside the box in the 35th-minute.
The 26-year-old picked the ball up on the corner of the penalty area and produced a brilliant effort which sailed past David Soria into the corner of the net.
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Cue Sturridge’s wavy arm celebration and commentators from around the world waxing lyrical about the piece of magic that they had just witnessed.
While we haven’t seen Sturridge attempt this kind of attempt in matches too many times previously, he admits he often tries the skill in training and named one former Liverpool player as his inspiration for the goal.
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“The goal in the Europa final was instinctive,” he admitted.
“When I got the ball, I wasn’t intending to go inside but the defender kept backing off and it gave me the space to shoot. So if he’s going to give me space I’m going to take the opportunity.
“In training, I try to use the outside of my foot quite a lot.
“I speak to the goalkeepers a lot to try to find out things they don’t like, so it helps give me an advantage over opposition goalkeepers — that style of shot gives them problems.
“I’ve played with players I’ve learnt that from — also Didi Hamann was very big with the outside of his foot."
So, there you go. Liverpool fans had a former favourite to thank for Sturridge’s fantastic striker.
Of course, Hamann played at Anfield for seven seasons but it wasn’t on Merseyside that he played alongside Sturridge.
After departing from the Reds, Hamann joined Manchester City where a young Daniel Sturridge was beginning to break into the first-team.
Unfortunately for the Merseysiders, they aren’t able to look back at the goal with any fondness. Liverpool collapsed in the second-half with Sevilla scoring three goals without reply meaning it’s been four consecutive trophyless seasons for the club.
The defeat was made even more damaging as it cost them a place in the Champions League meaning Klopp’s side will be without any form of European football next campaign.
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