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Stoke City 3-5 Liverpool

By Saj ChowdhuryBBC Sport
Liverpool's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal with Daniel Sturridge (centre)

Luis Suarez scored twice as Liverpool recorded their first victory at Stoke in the Premier League to move five points behind leaders Manchester City.

They took a 2-0 lead in the first half following an own goal from Ryan Shawcross and a strike from Suarez.

Stoke hit back through a Peter Crouch header and a superb Charlie Adam shot.

Steven Gerrard made it 3-2 from the spot and Suarez fired in an angled shot before Jon Walters's strike, but Daniel Sturridge sealed the win late on.

Rodgers proud of 'brilliant' win

That last goal came with three minutes of the 90 remaining, which still was enough time for Crouch to head against the post and for Simon Mignolet to produce an outstanding save to prevent Gerrard from scoring an own goal.

In total, there were 13 efforts on goal from each side at the Britannia Stadium, a venue where Stoke had only conceded seven goals in their previous 10 league fixtures.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will be bemoaning his side's defending, as will opposite number Mark Hughes, but the Irishman will be thrilled by the reunion of Sturridge and Suarez in attack.

England international Sturridge, who had not played because of an ankle injury since 23 November, came on in the 66th minute and five minutes later provided the assist for Suarez's second.

And with three minutes remaining, the Uruguay forward found his partner, who then scored the fifth as the Reds climbed from sixth to fourth.

Liverpool began brilliantly and were in cruise control up until six minutes before the break. Shawcross inadvertently found the net after Aly Cissokho's drive took a huge deflection off his leg, before Suarez capitalised on errors from Marc Wilson and the goalscorer to slot in the second.

Stoke's riposte to going two goals down was commendable. They reduced the arrears when Austrian winger Marko Arnautovic, in the team for the ineligible Oussama Assaidi, flung in a ball from the left which Crouch guided into Mignolet's bottom right.

They then levelled in spectacular style when another ex-Red, Adam, drove forward and launched a ferocious shot from 20 yards that easily beat the Belgium keeper.

However, Liverpool were back in front six minutes after the restart.

Once again it was a defensive mistake - and once again it was Wilson. The Republic of Ireland defender, in an attempt to find a team-mate, played the ball to the effervescent Raheem Sterling.

Sterling went down too easily - Hughes

The Liverpool winger, who seemed to control the ball with his hand, sped into the area before he was pushed over by Wilson, who was trying to atone for his initial mistake.

Captain Gerrard, who was playing in a holding midfield role on his 650th appearance for the club, slotted in his spot-kick to Jack Butland's left.

And Liverpool twisted the knife once more when substitute Sturridge jinked one way then the other before playing in Suarez, who smacked an angled drive that nestled in the bottom left.

It should have been game over, but there was still time for one more Stoke response when Walters was quick to pick up the loose ball in the area before firing in past the reach of Mignolet.

With Stoke pouring forward in search of an equaliser, they were left exposed at the back allowing Suarez to break and find Sturridge.

The ex-Chelsea player's initial strike was saved by Butland, but he stayed alert to pick up the follow-up, juggle the ball and fire in at the far post.

Line-ups

Stoke

  • 22Butland
  • 20Cameron
  • 3Pieters
  • 15N'ZonziSubstituted forIrelandat 81'minutes
  • 17ShawcrossBooked at 58mins
  • 12Wilson
  • 19Walters
  • 6Whelan
  • 25Crouch
  • 16Adam
  • 10Arnautovic

Substitutes

  • 5Muniesa
  • 7Pennant
  • 8Palacios
  • 26Etherington
  • 29Sørensen
  • 30Shotton
  • 32Ireland

Liverpool

  • 22Mignolet
  • 2Johnson
  • 20CissokhoBooked at 53mins
  • 8Gerrard
  • 37Skrtel
  • 4K Touré
  • 14Henderson
  • 21Leiva
  • 7Suárez
  • 31Sterling
  • 10CoutinhoSubstituted forSturridgeat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Romero Alconchel
  • 9Iago Aspas
  • 12Moses
  • 15Sturridge
  • 33Ibe
  • 34Kelly
  • 52Ward
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
27,160

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamLiverpool
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home13
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away9
Corners
Home11
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stoke City 3, Liverpool 5.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stoke City 3, Liverpool 5.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Lucas Leiva.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Charlie Adam (Stoke City).

  5. Post update

    Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

  7. Post update

    Peter Crouch (Stoke City) hits the right post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Charlie Adam with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Luis Suárez (Liverpool).

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Stoke City 3, Liverpool 5. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Geoff Cameron.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Stoke City 3, Liverpool 4. Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic with a cross.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Peter Crouch with a cross.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Aly Cissokho (Liverpool).

  16. Post update

    Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Stephen Ireland replaces Steven N'Zonzi.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Kolo Touré.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Charlie Adam (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Marc Wilson.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City21152459233647
2Chelsea21144340192146
3Arsenal20143339182145
4Liverpool21133551262542
5Everton21118234191541
6Tottenham2112452625140
7Man Utd21114635241137
8Newcastle2110382927233
9Southampton218672723430
10Hull2165102227-523
11Aston Villa206591925-623
12Stoke215792235-1322
13Swansea2156102630-421
14West Brom214982328-521
15Norwich2155111735-1820
16Fulham2161142246-2419
17West Ham2146112130-918
18Cardiff2146111534-1918
19Sunderland2145121934-1517
20Crystal Palace2152141331-1817
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