Remi Garde accused his Aston Villa players of ‘lacking fight’ during their heavy and “humiliating” defeat to Liverpool.
Goals from Sturridge, James Milner, Emre Can, Divock Origi, Nathaniel Clyne and Kolo Toure condemned Villa to a 6-0 loss at Villa Park – their heaviest home defeat since 1935 on Sunday.
It was also the first time Villa had conceded five or more at home in the Premier League, leaving Garde understandably down.
He said: “I feel humiliation when you concede six goals at home without scoring. It’s very painful. We don’t have time to moan too much, we have to concentrate on the next game.
“I have a lot of feelings, but I will keep some for myself. The first 15 minutes we were not too bad, but we gave them the first goal. We have 12 games to go, there’s still the possibility to win these games and we have to fight for it. I will find 11 or 18 players who still have the desire to win those games.”
Garde also labelled it his worst result as a manager after Villa suffered their 16th defeat of a wretched season.
“I saw that as well,” he said when questioned about Villa’s lack of fight. “In the previous weeks and games it was not the case. I always knew this was a very fragile situation.
“To keep fighting it’s not easy but you can imagine I didn’t ask for something different today. I haven’t got much explanation in that.”