More Coutinho magic but Klopp feel­ing prickly af­ter ‘fair re­sult’

Irish Examiner - Sport - - SOCCER -

Is the end nigh for Stur­ridge?

An­other chance for Daniel Stur­ridge to prove to Jur­gen Klopp he has been un­fairly left out of the Liver­pool side turned into the lat­est wasted op­por­tu­nity. How many more can there be?

The Eng­land in­ter­na­tional, who again for long spells at St James’ Park sim­ply went miss­ing, looks to have reached the point of no re­turn.

If Klopp can line-up a Jan­uary re­place­ment for his dis­af­fected for­ward, it would be bet­ter for all con­cerned if he moved on and sought a fresh start else­where. De­spite his cur­rent malaise, Liver­pool would not be short of suit­ors, at the right price. Even a change of boots mid­way through the first half failed to spark a change in for­tune. Stur­ridge strug­gled to make an im­pact be­fore he was sub­sti­tuted af­ter an in­ef­fec­tual 74 min­utes. Klopp added to the ig­nominy by af­ter the game pick­ing out one of his for­ward’s misses to high­light the re­cent prob­lems his side have had in find­ing the net.

A part­ing of the ways now seems al­most in­evitable.

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