Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti 'surprised' by UEFA choice for referee vs. Liverpool

Sturridge

Sturridge

The former Reds star also admitted that it is hard to have good players on the bench considering the fact that they won't feature prominently and insisted that Liverpool are blessed to have Sturridge and Xherdan Shaqiri.

"So I think what Liverpool have at the moment in Sturridge and Shaqiri is the flawless example of players who are quality and are good enough, but are happy with their positions at the club and don't cause the manager a problem", he added.

"Thank God he is here", said Klopp after Sturridge's sensational dipping effort from outside the box secured a point at Stamford Bridge.

The Hungarian referee showed Arturo Vidal a controversial red card and then allowed two Real goals to stand despite replays showing both were offside.

And after the game, Liverpool fans have singled out Jordan Henderson for some special criticism as the midfielder was really poor during the game.

"He was always a bit unlucky with injuries and stuff like that". "Now, the timing is flawless". It's not decisive, but we've already dropped two points against Red Star.

That contrasts starkly with the limited options available to Klopp when Salah went off injured just 30 minutes into last season's Champions League final.

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Dudek told Tuttomercatoweb yesterday: "There were various rumors about Liverpool, but for me it was good to accept Napoli because he was born and raised in Italian football".

Sturridge also played his part in getting his side's Champions League campaign off on the right foot with the opening goal during a thrilling 3-2 win over Paris Saint-Germain two weeks ago.

Klopp's side face another big challenge in the shape of Napoli, however, as the manager looks to balance his squad between this game and the weekend's visit of Man City.

However, Klopp now has the luxury of making changes with City in mind without fearing the consequences.

Liverpool's midfield has been good up until now but the trio of Kante, Kovacic and Jorginho really bossed the Merseyside outfit.

"We need to have the strength and conviction to play the way we want to play, as we did at times against Juventus".

After a frustrating few years, the good times are certainly back for Sturridge.

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