After the superb showing at the Signal Iduna Park in the Europa League, Liverpool were once again in good form even as Klopp made 7 changes to his starting line-up from the game in Germany.
Divock Origi once again proved his worth while the likes of Ojo and Stewart also impressed the Anfield faithful on the night as Liverpool thumped 4 past a Stoke City side that never settled into the game.
Here are 5 talking points from this game:
- Set-pieces still a problem for Liverpool
Liverpool conceded a goal at Dortmund from a free-kick which saw Mats Hummels head home an equalizer. Even in this game, after the home side took the lead through Moreno, Bojan pulled one back from another free-kick as he was played on-side by Toure and was hardly challenged for his header. This is a problem Liverpool and Klopp will have to solve if they finish this season on a good note.
- Liverpool youngsters blossom:
Kevin Stewart and Sheyi Ojo were both given a place in the starting XI as Klopp wanted to rest his key players for the showdown on Thursday. And the youngsters did not disappoint one bit as both the players were superb on the night. Ojo produced a magic of brilliance and picked himself an assist for Sturridge’s goal while Stewart was impressive at the heart of the midfield for Liverpool for the whole game. Klopp will love having players who can come to the first team and prove themselves like these two did.
- The end of Martin Skrtel?
The long-serving defender was handed a start on the night for the first time after the display against Southampton and was once again found wanting at the back. He struggled to cope with the height and strength of Peter Crouch in the final third and was always scrappy and shaky at the back. He no longer portrays a calm image and always looks to close to committing a mistake. With Matip already signed, Klopp might get rid of the Slovakian come to the end of the season.
- No European football for Stoke City:
Before the start of the weekend, Stoke City were just 2 points away from a Europa League spot in the points table. But Southampton’s victory along with their loss at Anfield has seen the Potters fall to the 9th place in the table. They need to cover 7 points from the remaining 5 games to have any chance at European football next season but with games against Tottenham and Manchester City still to come, there is hardly any hope for the Britannia outfit this season.
- Origi and Sturridge can be devastating:
The second half on the night was a completely different affair from the first half as Origi came on for Ojo and was partnered with Sturridge in the middle. The England international was superb once against with his runs attracting defenders away and this created Origi loads of space in the final third. The Belgian was clinical with his chances and has Sturridge to thank for the brace he bagged on the night. It will be interesting to see the two strikers start for Liverpool as the early signs are a very profitable partnership for the club.