Liverpool backed up their impressive performance in Germany with a thrashing against Stoke at Anfield in the Premier League this weekend.
The Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp ringed in the changes, keeping in mind the 2nd leg against Borussia Dortmund in the mid-week but managed to get the better of Mark Hughes side who looked down and out by the hour mark.
Kevin Stewart, Sheyi Ojo, Daniel Sturridge and Joe Allen were all given a start in this game due to injuries and rest to key players and all the four players were more than just impressive in their display.
Stewart and Allen made sure that Stoke City were not able to rotate the ball in the midfield while Ojo and Sturridge linked up to provide Liverpool’s second goal of the night after Bojan equalized in the first half.
Left back Alberto Moreno gave Liverpool the lead with a superb striker scoring his first goal of the season while Divock Origi who came on for Ojo early in the second half bagged a brace to back-up the goal he scored at the Signal Iduna Park last week.
The Potters were never able to string passes together as Liverpool pressed them high up the field.
Roberto Firmino and James Milner were superb in the midfield while Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure who were partnered for the first time this season were also solid at the back as they were hardly troubled.
Peter Crouch had plenty of half chances but the difference in class showed on the night as Liverpool managed to push Stoke City on the back foot every chance they got.
Lucas Leiva and Adam Lallana also came into the game from the bench but the game was already over when Origi, who tried across ended up scoring his second of the night and Liverpool’s 4th.
This victory sees Liverpool in the 8th place, just 5 points away from Manchester United with a game in hand. They will have to win every game from now to the end of the season if they are to entertain any hopes of European football next season.
As for Stoke City, they move to the 9th place after this loss and have all but lost a chance to play in the Europa league next season.
Liverpool though were clinical on the night have a lot to learn.
Bojan, who is shorter than the average height of the Liverpool, equalized early in the game from a set-piece. This is the second consecutive goal that Liverpool have conceded from a set-piece after Mats Hummel’s goal for Dortmund the other day.
This is a problem that Klopp needs to address and chance completely if Liverpool are to finish this season strongly.
They travel to the Goldsands stadium to face the Cherries in their next Premier League outing.