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Daniel Sturridge invites speculation over happniess on Instagram

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After scoring twice against Burton Albion in the EFL Cup, Daniel Sturridge was probably thinking he had a good shot of starting last weekend's game against Tottenham Hotspur.

He was named on the bench but after seeing Roberto Firmino fail the get into the game during the first half, he was surely confident of getting a bit of time to impress in the latter stages.

But in the 69th minute, when Philippe Coutinho was preparing to come off, Jurgen Klopp came to the sidelines and called Sturridge's competitor, Divock Origi, over.

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The Belgian stripped off and went onto the pitch. Cameras panned to Sturridge, who was still warming up, and the pictures certainly said a thousand words.

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It is a face that seemed to suggest that all was not well between Sturridge and Klopp. There have been rumours for much of the last year that the two don't see eye-to-eye and this latest snub appears to suggest that is indeed the case.

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Inviting speculation

Fans were quick to suggest that Sturridge is not at all happy with his current situation and Klopp's explanation as to why he left him out left few convinced.

Now, Sturridge has appeared to invite speculation with regards to his wellbeing by posting the same picture as above on his Instagram account. He's asked his millions of followers to give him a caption.

Klopp's explanation

Eventually, Sturridge did get onto the White Hart Lane pitch but barely got a sniff of the ball before the final whistle blew. He came on in the 88th minute when the intensity of the 1-1 draw had already died down. But Klopp appeared to evade the question as to why Sturridge was benched, simply saying that he was happy with his selection.

"I picked him - last 10 minutes," Klopp told BBC Match of the Day.

"Daniel Sturridge is a wonderfully skillful player. But for the game today, I made the decision that the kind of defending what it was and for what we needed.

"If you want to you can always talk to me about players who didn't start. You saw this was not the worst decision, this line-up. And then you have to change again in the game.

"We brought him [in], maybe a little bit too late. Unfortunately, we didn't have the ball long enough to bring his quality [in to the game]."

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