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VIDEO: Daniel Sturridge forced to celebrate on his own after clinching Liverpool final spot

SoccerBy Colm Hayes
VIDEO: Daniel Sturridge forced to celebrate on his own after clinching Liverpool final spot

The man who scored the goal that effectively sent the Reds into the Europa League final came back to an empty dressing room.

Daniel Sturridge drew the short straw following Liverpool's victory over Villarreal at Anfield as he was taken for a drugs test after the match.

On returning to the dressing room, the striker – who scored the second in Liverpool's 3-0 victory – found a barren wasteland:

 

Smh... This is nuts...

A video posted by Daniel Sturridge - Dstudge (@iamdanielsturridge) on

Liverpoool will take on Sevilla in Basel on May 18 for the Europa League trophy and a spot in the final qualifying round of next season's Champions League.

The 35,000-seat venue, St Jakob Park, has been heavily criticised as a location for a big European final, with Liverpool fans unhappy that only 10,00 seats will be allocated to them for the occasion.

Fan-favourite John Aldridge has strongly condemned UEFA for their choice of venue.

Manager Jurgen Klopp seems a little less bothered by how many fans can actually get seats in the stadium, as he reckons that a six-figure strong following could turn up in the Swiss city.

Despite defender Mamadou Sakho testing positive for a banned substance following Liverpool's 1-1 draw away to Manchester United in the competition's round of 16, the Anfield club were allowed to continue in European football's second-tier club competition.

Having completed an incredible comeback at home to Dortmund in the quarter-final second leg, the Reds made relatively light work of Villarreal in front of their own supporters last night to clinch a final berth.