Pundit: This Liverpool player is getting so much stick

Ian Wright examines Daniel Sturridge's current situation at Liverpool

Ian Wright has defended Daniel Sturridge after the Liverpool striker was made the club’s scapegoat for the EFL Cup exit on Wednesday night.

Liverpool made a surprise exit in the League Cup last four after Jurgen Klopp’s failed to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg at St Mary’s.

Sturridge missed five chances throughout the second leg at Anfield before Republic of Ireland international Shane Long netted an added-time winner to seal a 1-0 victory for the south coast club on Merseyside.

The former Chelsea and Manchester City forward has struggled to shine in recent weeks despite Jurgen Klopp giving the striker some rare starts in the absence of Sadio Mane, who is at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Speaking to The Sun Goals podcast about Sturridge, former Arsenal striker Wright suggested that the Liverpool man has been getting unfair criticism for his poor finishing.

“Liverpool have had a bad week. They’re not really creating. What they did create, Daniel Sturridge missed them all,” Wright said.

“He is getting so much stick. For Daniel Sturridge, he’s just missing chances. People might not like his body language or working as hard in the team to cement his place. You can’t blame someone for missing chances.”

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Sturridge moved to Liverpool in a £12m deal from Chelsea in the 2013 January transfer window.

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