In the summer, it would have been no surprise if Daniel Sturridge had left Liverpool.
The striker had dramatically fallen down the pecking order due to various injuries and lack of form.
However, during pre-season manager Jurgen Klopp continuously praised Sturridge, indicating that he did have a role to play in the 2018-19 campaign.
The 29-year-old was never going to be a regular starter, but he moved ahead of Divock Origi in the ranks and it looks as though he will feature regularly in cup matches.
On Tuesday night, the striker started Liverpool’s EFL Cup third-round match against Chelsea at Anfield and he opened the scoring in the 59th minute.
The Reds were unable to hold on, though, as Chelsea earned a late 2-1 victory, with Eden Hazard nabbing the winner.
Twitter account @empireofthekop posted Sturridge’s record so far this season, which prompted a debate about the striker’s quality, and some are not convinced given that he missed a golden opportunity to score.
Daniel Sturridge this season ?
2 starts ?
3 goals ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/Gu1IjMosuv
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) September 26, 2018
Should have had 3 today alone
— Kenan (@LondonDiddy) September 26, 2018
Easy tiger, rounded the keeper and missed an open goal with his weak foot, a Premier League footballer.
— Nick (@Block109_Kop) September 26, 2018
Man’s a goal scorer.
— Michael (@splinter90) September 27, 2018
And missed a sitter
— EteteBaba (@charlyjeje2712) September 27, 2018
Should have had 6! Missed a hattrick last night! Can’t be woeful! We should have sold him in the summer! Lost due to his profligacy last night!
— Ayan Chakraborty (@ayanc_99) September 27, 2018
Love Daniel. But he has missed some too that would have put us over in this match and made others easier. Still a good record for when he plays.
— Robert Helms (@robtopiaforall) September 27, 2018
Shouldn’t be starting. But great impact sub and has a big role to play this season.
— Ramyak Singh (@ramyaksingh) September 26, 2018
Should of had 3 today, his first touch was like lukakus
— Slobodan Todoric (@BobbiRonaldo) September 26, 2018
Great when we’re attacking, can be a real asset. Fails miserably on defensive aspect of our style of play though (when first 11 play)
— RedRightHandLFC (@RedRightHandLFC) September 26, 2018