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Stoke City 6-1 Liverpool

Stoke City v Liverpool
Stoke's previous biggest win this season was 3-0 against Tottenham
  • 52 years since Liverpool last let in six in league
  • Reds into Europa League third qualifying round
  • Stoke finish ninth in the table
  • Potters end on 54 points - a PL club record

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard endured a nightmare send-off in his final game for the club as Stoke embarrassed the Reds with five first-half goals at the Britannia Stadium.

Stoke scored three in eight minutes, Mame Biram Diouf netting a brace and Jonathan Walters also on target.

Ex-Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam made it 4-0 from 20 yards before Steven Nzonzi added the fifth from 25 yards.

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'Perfect' Stoke delight Hughes

Gerrard got one back before substitute Peter Crouch headed Stoke's sixth.

This was no way for a player of Gerrard's stature to bow out.

The Los Angeles Galaxy-bound midfielder managed to mark his 710th and final appearance for the Reds with a 186th goal.

But the 34-year-old was badly let down by his team-mates who were out-classed and out-witted from start to finish.

Liverpool finish the season sixth in the table, enough to secure a Europa League third qualifying round spot.

But boss Brendan Rodgers, who dropped young forward Raheem Sterling to the bench after he turned down a new contract, clearly has his work cut out this summer to rebuild his team.

In contrast, Stoke end a productive campaign ninth in the table after a thumping win.

Stoke's Mame Biram Diouf
Mame Biram Diouf scored two goals in the space of four minutes to end the season with 12 Premier League goals

Mark Hughes's rampant side showed no mercy as they easily swept aside Liverpool in an astonishing first-half display.

Diouf opened the floodgates in the 22nd minute after Simon Mignolet parried Adam's powerful drive into the striker's path.

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Big summer for Liverpool - Rodgers

It was 2-0 four minutes later, Diouf letting fly from the edge of the area after being afforded far too much time and space.

Liverpool looked shell-shocked when Walters made it 3-0 on the half hour after poor defending by Emre Can allowed the Stoke striker to pounce from close range despite Mignolet's best efforts.

The Reds were a shambles, Adam making it 4-0 after pouncing on a mistake by Lucas Leiva to power home from 20 yards.

It was Steven Nzonzi's who came up with the goal of the game, the French midfielder making it 5-0 from long distance on the stroke of half time.

Match facts
The last time Liverpool conceded six or more goals in a top flight game was in 1963, 7-2 against Spurs.
This was the first time Liverpool have ever conceded five first half goals in a Premier League game.
Stoke were the first team to have a five goal half-time advantage in the Premier League since Man City v Burnley in April 2010.
Peter Crouch has now scored 47 headed goals in the Premier League, more than any other player.

Rodgers sent on Kolo Toure and Jordon Ibe in an effort to tighten up the defence at the start of the second half.

Gerrard did manage to mark his last game with a goal after a composed low finish.

But another Liverpool old boy restored Stoke's five-goal cushion as Peter Crouch headed home just five minutes after coming on as a substitute.

At the end, Gerrard could not wait to get off the pitch after a miserable farewell appearance.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes:

"We couldn't have asked for a better finish to a really great season.

"The level of performance in that first 45 minutes was exceptional and I don't think it reflects badly on Liverpool. I think most teams would have struggled to cope with the quality and intensity of our play.

"It is a great performance against a very good team with great individual talents, and we have been able to get the level of performance that I think a lot of people sensed we were capable of.

"Everything came together and we showed what a good side we are."

Mame Biram Diouf
Mame Biram Diouf had two shots on target - and scored from both
Stoke's Jonathan Walters (left) celebrates scoring against Liverpool
Jonathan Walters scored his first goal since 31 January
Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam celebrates scoring against Liverpool
Charlie Adam scored two goals in 28 Premier League appearances for Liverpool in 2011-12
Stoke midfielder Steven Nzonzi celebrates scoring against Liverpool
Steven Nzonzi ends the season with four Premier League goals
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard
Steven Gerrard's Liverpool career: 710 appearances, 186 goals, 10 trophies
Stoke's ex-Liverpool striker Peter Crouch celebrates scoring his side's sixth goal former Reds midfielder Charlie Adam
Stoke's ex-Liverpool striker Peter Crouch celebrates scoring his side's sixth goal former Reds midfielder Charlie Adam

Stoke v Liverpool minute by minute

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Line-ups

Stoke

  • 1Begovic
  • 20Cameron
  • 17ShawcrossBooked at 45mins
  • 5MuniesaSubstituted forWilsonat 71'minutes
  • 3PietersBooked at 77mins
  • 15N'Zonzi
  • 6WhelanBooked at 16mins
  • 19WaltersSubstituted forOdemwingieat 67'minutes
  • 16AdamBooked at 8mins
  • 10ArnautovicSubstituted forCrouchat 81'minutes
  • 18Diouf

Substitutes

  • 7Ireland
  • 9Odemwingie
  • 12Wilson
  • 21Sidwell
  • 22Butland
  • 25Crouch
  • 26Wollscheid

Liverpool

  • 22Mignolet
  • 23CanSubstituted forK Touréat 45'minutes
  • 37SkrtelBooked at 48mins
  • 17Sakho
  • 18MorenoSubstituted forIbeat 45'minutes
  • 14Henderson
  • 21LeivaBooked at 14mins
  • 24AllenSubstituted forLambertat 69'minutes
  • 10Coutinho
  • 8Gerrard
  • 20Lallana

Substitutes

  • 4K Touré
  • 6Lovren
  • 9Lambert
  • 31Sterling
  • 33Ibe
  • 50Markovic
  • 52Ward
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
27,602

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamLiverpool
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home15
Away13
Shots on Target
Home9
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away9
Fouls
Home13
Away4

Live Text

Match ends, Stoke City 6, Liverpool 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stoke City 6, Liverpool 1.

Attempt missed. Adam Lallana (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho.

Foul by Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool).

Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

Erik Pieters (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Stoke City 6, Liverpool 1. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mame Biram Diouf with a cross.

Attempt saved. Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Charlie Adam.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Peter Crouch replaces Marko Arnautovic.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Lucas Leiva.

Booking

Erik Pieters (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

Attempt missed. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Jordon Ibe following a corner.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Geoff Cameron.

Attempt saved. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rickie Lambert.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Marc Wilson replaces Marc Muniesa because of an injury.

Delay in match Marc Muniesa (Stoke City) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Stoke City 5, Liverpool 1. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rickie Lambert with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Rickie Lambert replaces Joe Allen.

Attempt missed. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Jordon Ibe.

Adam Lallana (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City).

Martin Skrtel (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City).

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Peter Odemwingie replaces Jonathan Walters.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Jordan Henderson.

Attempt blocked. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mame Biram Diouf.

Attempt saved. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Asmir Begovic.

Attempt saved. Adam Lallana (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Steven Gerrard.

Attempt blocked. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Gerrard.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Jonathan Walters.

Booking

Martin Skrtel (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Martin Skrtel (Liverpool).

Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Asmir Begovic.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Allen.

goal

As It Stood

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