Daniel Sturridge is not part of Liverpool's best XI - Lawrenson

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Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge relished an increasingly rare chance to start for the Reds after netting a brace in their 2-1 EFL Cup win against Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on Tuesday (26 October).

Sturridge, who has failed to score in seven Premier League matches this season, has only found joy in front of goal in England's second-tier knockout competition when top-flight typically deploy weaker teams.

But if ever proof were needed of the diminished status of the recently rebranded league cup it was on a crisp midweek Merseyside night.

Having changed his entire starting XI, including handing first starts to Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ovie Ejaria, Klopp always knew there would be the odd moment of concern with so many fresh faces in the team.

Speaking after the game, Klopp reflected on Stewart - who played the full ninety minutes - and made an interesting revelation.

It took Sturridge just nine minutes to find the net, poking the ball past Michel Vorm after another raw Red, 20-year-old Serb Marko Grujic, had seen his cross partially blocked by Kevin Wimmer.

Grujic dragged an effort wide of the target in the 38th minute after he had been put through by Sturridge's pass, while the latter let the visitors off the hook early in the second half when he fluffed his lines from Origi's low cross. Again, the England striker won the battle of wits with Vorm, staring the 'keeper down before applying a composed finish through his legs.

"That is Daniel's talent", reflected Klopp.

Tonight will be the second meeting of the year between Liverpool and Tottenham. He could have scored three or maybe four, but I think he was really good and that is his big strength. He could have had more, of course. But it is true that with both goals we should be doing better.

It wasn't long before Liverpool got themselves ahead.

"You need to focus on the game".

Moussa Sissoko starts a three-game ban after accepting an FA violent conduct charge following an incident with Harry Arter on Saturday while Harry Kane and Toby Alderweireld remain out with injury. That's how it is. Dele Alli didn't have much space and they crowded us out. "That's good. It helps them and all the others are in the academy, and when they are ready they can make the next step".

"The young boys felt so good they wanted to run and run, and then you have to score".