Jurgen Klopp explains why he left Daniel Sturridge out against Villarreal

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Jurgen Klopp took the surprise decision to leave Daniel Sturridge out of his starting line-up for Liverpool’s visit to Villarreal in the Europa League semi-final first leg.

Sturridge was expected to start for the Reds in their biggest match of the season so far after scoring in each of his previous three appearances, but was only named amongst the substitutes.

However, Klopp revealed what he left the England international out of his starting line-up live on BT Sport before the match.


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"Yeah, very difficult decision,” Klopp admitted. "I thought about a lot of things, but in the end I decided for a little bit more stability.

"In the 4-3-3 we didn't play with Daniel until now, and so we thought for today this 4-3-3, 4-5-1, sometimes a diamond this very flexibile style, we played in a few games before.

"It makes sense that the players played it together before, that's why we decided for this line-up."

Jamie Carragher's tweet

Jamie Carragher, watching at home, called for Jurgen Klopp to send on Sturridge at half-time.

“How long before people stop saying "This front 3 played away at City" Sturridge got to come into the equation,” the former Liverpool defender tweeted.

Sturridge, however, was not sent on at half-time - despite the fact Philippe Coutinho was subbed off due to feeling unwell.

Instead, Klopp sent on Jordon Ibe.

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