Stoke City 3 Liverpool 5 – Suarez and Sturridge sink Stoke
Liverpool leapt back into the Premier League top four on Sunday afternoon after scoring five goals at the Britannia Stadium in what was a pulsating encounter.
January 12th, 2014
The Reds had seen Chelsea, Everton and Manchester City all win their respective weekend matches although Brendan Rodgers’ team came out the traps flying against Stoke and were ahead within five minutes of kick-off.
Aly Cissokho’s shot looked to be heading towards the corner flag before Ryan Shawcross deflected the ball past Jack Butland, while Luis Suarez was to double the visitors’ advantage on the half-hour mark after hesitancy from the City defence.
Just as it looked like plain sailing for Liverpool, Peter Crouch reduced the arrears with Stoke’s first headed goal of the campaign, while another former Anfield player got in on the act on the stroke of half-time when Charlie Adam fired home an equaliser.
However, the Reds were back in front when Raheem Sterling was adjudged to have been fouled in the penalty area after minimal contact although Steven Gerrard made no mistake from the spot.
With twenty minutes remaining, Luis Suarez appeared to have given his team an unassailable lead, with Daniel Sturridge returning to action just before that fourth goal when replacing Coutinho.
Jonathan Walters made the scoreline 4-3 with five minutes left, although as Stoke pushed forward, they were to be sucker-punched as a Suarez deep cross was met at the far post by Sturridge and Liverpool are five points behind leaders Manchester City and back ahead of Everton.