DANIEL STURRIDGE was at the centre of a coo-dunit – as the recalled ace celebrated one small pigeon step for his career, one giant leap for Liverpool’s title dream.
Social media was transfixed when play continued in the Reds’ 5-0 win over Huddersfield despite what seemed a dead pigeon lying on the pitch.
And it was Sturridge who sparked the most intrigue as he stared at the forlorn, bird-like bundle.
Eventually the former England striker, 29, seemed to realise his instincts were only half right… it was a carrier bag, not a carrier pigeon.
But social media and bird lovers in particular were was still left feeling sicker than a parrot as many fans remained convinced it could be a Liver-stool pigeon.
“Captain Cornflake” got himself into the worst flap, tweeting: “I have one question after that game, how did the pigeon die?”
Another supporter complained: “Random dead pigeon at the Kop and no-one kicked the ball out of play.”
And one fan made an educated guess at the Dream Team ratings, suggesting: “The dead pigeon was the best player for Huddersfield.”
As for the game itself, it was all over early jackdaws as Huddersfield gifted Liverpool a goal inside 15 seconds.
Naby Keita fired home that opener, before Sadio Mane and Mo Salah swooped for a double apiece as the Reds pecked away incessantly at the relegated visitors’ defence.
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Sturridge certainly dovetailed well enough with main men Mane and Salah.
But he is still likely to sit out next Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg in Barcelona as Roberto Firmino should be fit by then after a minor thigh injury.
Don’t write Sturridge off, though… with his surprise selection tonight he’s already pulled off one big coo.