It was another disappointing result for United, who will be hoping for a much better performance in the reverse fixture if they are to have any chance of qualifying for the next round of the Europa League.
Memphis Depay brought down Nathaniel Clyne on the very edge of the area which led to a first half penalty for the Reds, and Sturridge just about slotted in it beyond David de Gea.
A poor attempted clearance by Michael Carrick saw Adam Lallana pick up the ball inside the area and pass it to Roberto Firmino, who was able to fire in Liverpool’s second from close range.
In fairness to Liverpool, they played extremely well, and United were on the back foot for most of the game, barely getting a shot off.
It was Louis van Gaal’s first loss to Liverpool as a Manchester United manager, and being knocked out of the Europe might be the final blow for the Dutchman.
Here’s a look at our player ratings for Thursday night’s clash: