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Daniel Sturridge thanking a higher power as he sinks Spurs

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Sturridge scored twice on his return to the Liverpool line-up
Sturridge scored twice on his return to the Liverpool line-up

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge thanked God for guiding him "through all the things I've had to go through" as his two goals were enough to beat a much-changed Spurs team in the EFL Cup.

Sturridge does not appear to be part of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp's first choice side for Premier League matches, but he returned to action with a come of goals - and plenty of missed chances - to seal a 2-1 win.

Sturridge, who also hit the bar with a deflected shot late on, was left on the bench for Saturday's Premier League win against West Brom but was happy to feature from the start against Spurs.

He said: "It's a nice feeling (to be back), but I'm grateful to god for helping me get through all the things I've had to go through and I'm happy with tonight.

"We had a lot of chances, we played some good football, so I think we deserved it in the end."

Meanwhile, Lucas Leiva believes Liverpool can go all the way in the EFL Cup after a much-changed Reds side beat Tottenham 2-1 at Anfield to reach the quarter-finals.

Jurgen Klopp handed debuts to Ovie Ejaria and Trent Alexander-Arnold, changing Liverpool's entire starting line-up in the process, but it had little effect.

Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring for the hosts nine minutes in before wasting two further first-half chances.

The England forward miscued another opportunity from close range just after the break but slotted home his second goal on 64 minutes.

Georginio Wijnaldum almost settled the contest with a fine free-kick, which was well saved by Michel Vorm, but Tottenham hit back from the spot.

Lucas was adjudged to have tripped Erik Lamela and Vincent Janssen stepped up to convert the penalty with 15 minutes left, but Liverpool - losing finalists last term - held on.

"Last year we came very close, but we don't have any European (games) this year and hopefully we can win all three competitions," he told Sky.

"It was very good experience for (the young players), and they will develop. I think the manager showed the trust that he has in the squad and I think it was the right decision."

Meanwhile, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp declared himself to be satisfied with Sturridge's display, as well as praising the young players in his line-up.

"He did what he has to do. It was brilliant, he could have scored three or four," added Sturridge.

"The youngsters were really good. All of them. Trent Alexander-Arnold made a wonderful start in the game. They can play better but with the pressure and new circumstances it was really good.

"We had the bigger chances and we deserved to win. We created a wonderful atmosphere and nobody could leave early."