Jurgen Klopp defends his decision to bench Daniel Sturridge

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After Daniel Sturridge scored twice against Burton Albion on Tuesday night after coming on as a substitute, he must have fancied his chances of starting against Tottenham today.

However, Jurgen Klopp had other ideas and decided to select Roberto Firmino as a number 10, rather than Sturridge.

If that was tough enough to take for the England international, Klopp then brought Divock Origi on during the second-half, leaving Sturridge to continue his warm-up.

The former Manchester City and Chelsea forward was then entered the field with just two minutes remaining and couldn’t have any impact on the 1-1 draw.

While Sturridge probably wasn’t too impressed with Klopp’s decision, the German has explained the thinking behind his selection.

Klopp explained that his side didn’t have enough of the ball to bring Sturridge on but admitted that he maybe did so a little too late.

Klopp on Sturridge decision

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

"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]."

In Sturridge’s absence, Firmino played well but lacked the killer instinct that Sturridge has. Despite being plagued with injury for several seasons, Sturridge has scored 55 goals in 94 appearances in all competitions in the red of Liverpool.

When one more goal would have swung the match in Liverpool’s favour, surely Klopp made a mistake by waiting until the 88th minute to bring Sturridge on.

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