Fans worried for Anfield ‘dead pigeon’ as puzzled Sturridge stares but realises it’s a carrier bag as Liverpool beat Huddersfield

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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.

Recalled Daniel Sturridge seems convinced it's a pigeon - and is on a wing and a prayer if he hopes to keep his Liverpool place
Recalled striker Daniel Sturridge seems convinced it’s a pigeon – and he himself is on a wing and a prayer if he hopes to keep his Liverpool place
Eventually ex-England star Daniel Sturridge seemed to realise the grey bundle is just a plastic bag - but many on social media still thought it was a pigeon
Eventually ex-England star Daniel Sturridge seemed to realise the grey bundle is just a plastic bag – but many on social media still thought it was a pigeon

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.


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.

Daniel Sturridge kept his pecker up as he battled away for 73 minutes before being replaced by fit-again Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Daniel Sturridge kept his pecker up as he battled away for 73 minutes before being replaced by fit-again Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
AP:Associated Press

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