A bizarre moment that occurred during Liverpool’s EFL Cup semi-final first leg against Southampton dominated social media on Wednesday night.
TV cameras spotted Daniel Sturridge running onto the pitch carrying a note from manager Jurgen Klopp midway through the second half.
The striker proceeded to show Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Emre Can before eventually discarded the piece of paper on the edge of the pitch.
As expected, fans came up with their own version of the note on Twitter, and now Klopp has revealed its contents. He told the Liverpool Echo:
“The note was a new system. However we want to call it, 3-5-2. We put Lucas a little bit back, Emre in the centre, two wingers, two strikers, and half-space Lallana and Coutinho. That’s all it was.
“There was no more information than that, but it was enough. We were a little bit too late [delivering the message]. We gave him the paper when the game was already running again but that’s more our mistake than his.
“Seven or eight knew it immediately, Roberto Firmino needed a little bit longer. But things like this happen.”
The switch did not work, though, as the Reds ended up losing the game 1-0 following Nathan Redmond’s first-half goal at St Mary’s.
Liverpool have an opportunity to bounce back when they host the Saints for the second leg in a fortnight’s time, and they will hope to be in better form by then.
The Merseyside outfit have failed to score in their last two games in all competitions, and they face a huge match on Sunday against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Five points currently separate Liverpool from first-place Chelsea in the Premier League.