A brace from Origi and goals from Sturridge and Moreno were enough for Liverpool to see off the Potters in the Premier League this weekend. Both teams have no real goals to play for this season but Liverpool were the hungrier side on the night as they put 4 past a helpless Stoke defense.
It is a perfect game for the Anfield faithful who were warming themselves up for the showdown against Borussia Dortmund on Thursday and Liverpool had plenty of positives to take away from this game starting with the performances of youngsters Ojo and Stewart.
Here are the complete player ratings for this game for both sides:
S Mignolet (3):
Was hardly troubled at the back and couldn’t do much to stop Bojan’s goal in the first half.
N Clyne (3):
Was a consistent presence at both ends of the pitch in yet another impressive performance from the defender.
M Skrtel (2.5):
Was troubled all night by the strength and height of Peter Crouch but managed to stay strong right until the end of the game.
K Toure (2.5):
He was at fault for Bojan’s goal as he played him onside and was also shaky at the back for most of the game.
A Moreno (3):
Opened the scoring for the hosts and though not superb, was decent at the back for against the Stoke wingers.
J Allen (3.5):
He was superb in the midfield as he pulled the strings for his side and kept the game running right until the end.
K Stewart (3.5):
Came back from injury and was handed his first Premier League start and showed no signs of inexperience as he slid into Klopp’s mid-field with minimal fuzz.
J Milner (3.5):
Found himself in good positions all throughout the game as he controlled the mid-field along with Allen and Stewart.
S Ojo (3.5):
Unfazed by the occasion, Ojo produced a magical moment as he found Daniel Sturridge in the box with a superb ball to mark his first league start with an assist.
R Firmino (3):
Coming back from injury, Firmino did not look at his best but still created a couple of chances in a decent shift on the night.
D Sturridge (3):
After missing out in the midweek, Sturridge showed what he is capable of as he found the back of the net once and was a constant threat to the Stoke backline all game.
D Origi (4):
Came in for Ojo early in the second half and bought himself a brace to back up his performance against Dortmund last week.
Lucas Leiva (2.5)
A Lallana (2.5)
Was at fault for a couple of Liverpool’s goals but cannot be blamed for his team’s shortcomings.
Struggled against the likes of Firmino and Origi as he was often on the back foot at the back for Stoke City.
R Shawcross (2.5):
Was booked for a reckless challenge in a game where he would not have enjoyed coming back from injury.
Struggled to keep up with the pace and movement of the Liverpool attackers as he was often found wanting at the back.
E Pieters (2.5):
Had problems dealing with the likes of Ojo in the final third and also picked up a booking for a crude challenge in the first half.
The best player for Stoke on the night as the midfielder made sure that Liverpool were not comfortable in possession of the ball in the final third.
I Afellay (2.5):
Had a couple of good moments which were too far away for his team’s liking in a tepid display by the midfielder.
Showed his strength at times in the middle of the field but is still getting used to the English style of play.
Scored the only goal for the visitors but was generally not involved in the play for Stoke City all night.
His set-piece delivery was superb all night but lacked the bit of cutting edge in open play expected from him.
P Crouch (3):
A constant menace in the final third with his strength and height but missed a number of half chances that could have helped Stoke City come back into the game.