Liverpool made their way into the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup with a 2-1 win over Premier League rivals Tottenham, Daniel Sturridge bagging a brace under the lights at Anfield.
It was Jurgen Klopp’s side that made a fast start, capitalising on a slip from Spurs summer signing Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, and Sturridge was there to take full advantage of another slip from Vorm to fire Liverpool into an early lead.
Spurs enjoyed a good period of play in the first half, with Vincent Janssen’s header at the back post being their best chance in the first period. However, Liverpool went into the break with the lead.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side continued to look for the equaliser, but it was Liverpool creating the better chances in the second half, and it was no surprise to see Daniel Sturridge double the Red’s advantage midway through the second half.
Spurs brought on Erik Lamela and Victor Wanyama either side of the second Liverpool goal, and they both had positive impacts on the game, with the former being brought down in the box for a penalty. Vincent Janssen stepped up and halved the deficit, setting up a nervy last fifteen minutes.
Youngster Sheyon Harrison had a good chance on his debut to put Spurs level, but couldn’t get his first touch spot on as Liverpool held on to advance to the quarter-finals.
Daniel Sturridge was of course the standout player for Liverpool, bagging a brace, but it could have been many more if the striker had been in a more clinical mood in front of goal. Here is how fans on Twitter reacted to Sturridge’s two goals against Spurs.
— Callum (@Callum_Kennedy) 25 October 2016
— Hened Collaku (@nedcolned) 25 October 2016
— Mike Kavanagh (@Mikekgh) 25 October 2016
— Mujtaba Morshed (@MujtabaMorshed) 25 October 2016
— James beast Puncher (@james666puncher) 25 October 2016
— Andy Shortt (@shortt_andrew) 25 October 2016
#LIVTOT was a very entertaining game. Sturridge definitely mom. All youngsters did well
— SteveM (@Grumpynuts) 25 October 2016
Liverpool fans will be glad to see Sturridge back amongst the goals, and they will be keen to see him carry the form he showed against Spurs into the Premier League, where they will need his goals. The England international has not scored in the Premier League since 23rd April last season, and Liverpool fans will be glad to see him finally hit the back of the net.