Former footballer Rodney Marsh says Liverpool striker did not look fit.
The game was one Liverpool needed to win, but with Sturridge's recent injury record, expecting him to start two games in four days is surely either a little optimistic, or cavalier.
Former Manchester City footballer Rodney Marsh made an observation about Sturridge during the game that should have fans worried if they believe there is any truth to it, that the England international striker did not look fully fit.
Sturridge doesn't look match fit...— Rodney Marsh (@RodneyMarsh10) February 25, 2016
There is an obvious temptation to play Sturridge when he is available because he has been so scarcely this season, but he needs to be managed carefully.
Sturridge was substituted after 66 minutes for Belgian striker Divock Origi, with Jurgen Klopp deciding it was best to take him out of the game.
Before his substitution he had four attempts on goal but none of them tested the goalkeeper, hitting the woodwork once.
The good news is that Sturridge appeared to exit the game unscathed, and if he was not fully fit, playing more than an hour in such a competitive game will help build up his fitness ahead of the clash against Manchester City.