Everyone had a theory on what Jurgen Klopp's note to Daniel Sturridge read
You don't see managers passing notes to players half as often as you once did.
The art of instructing one player to pass on messages to his teammates via the scrawled tactics on a piece of paper is a dying one but it reared its rare head on Wednesday evening as Liverpool lost 1-0 to Southampton in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final.
The Reds fell behind to a first half Nathan Redmond goal, for which defender Ragnar Klavan must take some blame, and struggled for large stages of the game.
Confused man handed note by his boss. pic.twitter.com/4NHffxVWDz
— Sturridge Note (@SturridgeNote) January 11, 2017
It wasn't until the return of midfielder Philippe Coutinho, a substitute on the hour mark, that Liverpool began offering a genuine threat to the hosts but, still, the Saints defence remained resolute and will take a goal advantage to Anfield in two weeks.
One of the most talked about moments of the game arrived 15 minutes from time when forward Daniel Sturridge was handed a note by manager Jurgen Klopp.
Sturridge glanced at the message before passing it to an entirely disinterested Adam Lallana and, shortly thereafter, it was scrunched up and tossed to the turf.
But fans watching were overcome with curiosity about what the note could have said, with these the most popular theories.
Kev thought there was nothing other than a threat issued from the dugout.
That note says "YOU ARE ALL FUCKING DEAD WHEN I GET YOU IN THF CHANGIES!"
— Kevin Thompson (@KevThompson) January 11, 2017
Dave's hypothesis was some words of motivation, rather than anything tactical.
The note from Klopp says "get the fucking finger out" #LFC
— Dave (@davidharvey16) January 11, 2017
We would hope, given Klopp's paycheck, that he came up with something better than Mick's suggestion.
All that note says is "stop being shit lads"
— Mick (@MickHLFC5) January 11, 2017
You wouldn't call the below "bad advice."
The note says 'Do a goal'.
— David (@lfcmaestro23) January 11, 2017
Jack believed the underwhelming Emre Can was singled out by the fiery Reds boss.
On that note I guarantee it says "Can is shit, pass it round. JK"
— Jack Hellyer (@Jackhellyer) January 11, 2017
While this fan offered a more existential theory.
The note just says "You are Daniel Sturridge"
— Inspectah Degs (@inspectahDegs) January 11, 2017
Rita reckoned Klopp just broke the game down to its basic parts.
That note says " The round thing is a ball and you need to put it between the white sticks - AT THEIR END!"
— Rita (@mrschalky25) January 11, 2017
While some positional advice was on the mind of @prov1jcb.
Haha that note says
GET IN THE BOX YOU PRICK!
— ProV1 (@prov1jcb) January 11, 2017
A lot of rivals would have agreed with this sentiment.
Note to Sturridge : "ur shit m8"
— Big Ron Bentham (@UncleRBenson) January 11, 2017
While everyone wanted to see Sturridge stay on his feet, at the very least.
Klopp's note to Sturridge "STOP FUCKING DIVING!"
— HungryDuck (@avantiproperty) January 11, 2017
However this interesting theory suggested that Klopp had given up on the game entirely and set his sights on a transfer target who was standing quite close to Sturridge.
— Gazza (@Gazonca) January 11, 2017
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