Liverpool welcome Borussia Dortmund to Merseyside on Thursday for the second-leg of their Europa League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund.
With the tie delicately poised after a 1-1 draw in Germany last week, the occasion promises to be the biggest European night at Anfield since April 2010, when the Reds lost in the last four to eventual UEL winners Atletico Madrid.
There is so much excitement surrounding the game, in which Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will attempt to defeat his former club.
But Daniel Sturridge has gone and killed the vibe somewhat by horribly comparing the match to a FIFA video game – presumably FIFA 16, because you’d expect a bloke who takes home tens of thousands of pounds each week to be in possession of the latest version.
Speaking to Liverpool FC’s official’s website, Sturridge said: “It’s like when you’re playing a final on FIFA and you’re playing against your mate. You’ve all put £20 in the middle and there’s £100.
“The pressure’s on, your palms are sweaty, but as you get into the game, the nerves go away and you enjoy it. And that’s exactly what it’s like!”
Now, it’s fine that Sturridge enjoys playing FIFA with his pals. His sweatiness is even forgivable.
However, it’s totally cringeworthy for the 26-year-old to say that a real-life European quarter-final, which 45,000 fans are paying hard-earned cash to come and watch, is like betting on FIFA with the lads.