Liverpool fans fume as Daniel Sturridge goes unused v Villarreal

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Liverpool looked as if they could have won their semi-final first leg against Villarreal tonight but could not find a way through the stubborn Spanish defence.

That could have been because the likes of Eric Bailly and Victor Ruiz had a great game but it may also be because Jurgen Klopp decided to pick a team without a recognised striker.

The German coach gave Roberto Firmino the go-ahead to start up front and the Brazilian looked dangerous at times, even hitting the post in the second half.


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But as time ticked on, Liverpool fans started wondering when they would see Daniel Sturridge emerge from the bench. They waited and waited and waited, then Christian Benteke came on.

When Adrian Lopez gave Villarreal a lead in the 91st minute, it got a bit messy on Twitter. Fans were fuming that Sturridge was not brought on when the tie looked to be turning in Liverpool's favour.

Bailly had to come off with a hamstring injury and the substitute defender looked shaky. Still, the England international watched on. They will now have a 1-0 deficit to turn around next week.

Klopp revealed why he did not start Sturridge before the game, claiming he wanted a more "balanced" team, but that does not explain why the striker stayed on the bench.

Liverpool fans want answers.

Here is some of the best reaction on Twitter:

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