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January 12, 2014 4:10 PM GMT
Britannia Stadium — Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Referee:‬ A. Taylor‎
Attendance:‬ 27160‎
 
39′ Peter Crouch
Ryan Shawcross 5′ (OG)
45′ Charlie Adam
Luis Suárez 32′
Steven Gerrard 51′ (PG)
 
Luis Suárez 71′
 
Top of the Match
Luis Suárez
Luis Suárez
Liverpool
Luis Suárez
Luis Suárez
Liverpool
Flop of the Match
Marc Wilson
Marc Wilson
Stoke City
Ryan Shawcross
Ryan Shawcross
Stoke City

Stoke City 3-5 Liverpool: Sturridge and Suarez combine to seal Reds’ return to top four

The Uruguayan's two goals - along with a Ryan Shawcross own goal, Steven Gerrard penalty and Daniel Sturridge strike - did the damage as the Reds triumphed in a eight-goal thrille

Jack Butland; Luis Suarez Stoke City v Liverpool - English Premier League 01122014
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Luis Suarez shone again as Liverpool overcame a spirited Stoke City fightback to move back into the Premier League's top four at the Britannia Stadium.

The Merseyside club looked to be coasting to their first Premier League win at the Britannia Stadium when Aly Cissokho's speculative strike went in off Ryan Shawcross and Suarez scored his 21st league goal of the season.

Stoke had other ideas, though, as former Liverpool duo Peter Crouch and Charlie Adam struck in a pulsating first half to peg Brendan Rodgers' side back.

MATCH VIEW
By Tom Davis

Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge returned for Liverpool as they hit five goals in a frantic game at the Britannia.

Stoke, who had only lost once at home before today, found Liverpool difficult to content with all day, especially on the counterattack.

But Liverpool were given a helping hand by an early own-goal and two huge mistakes from Marc Wilson – firstly to head the ball into the path of Luis Suarez and secondly to bring Raheem Sterling down for a penalty.

Neither defence were on form today and this was all about the strikers. SAS are back and in perfect time for Liverpool’s title charge.

Steven Gerrard put Liverpool back in front from the penalty spot on his 650th appearance for the club after referee Anthony Taylor controversially awarded a spot-kick for what appeared to be an innocuous challenge from Marc Wilson on Raheem Sterling.

Fit-again striker Sturridge was the architect for the prolific Suarez's second goal before Jon Walters set up a tense finale when he pulled a goal back.

But Sturridge then scored a goal of his own to seal the points and ensure Liverpool held on to leapfrog neighbours Everton into fourth place in the Premier League.

Defeat for Stoke was only their second at home in the league this season and Mark Hughes' side remain 12th, just four points above the relegation zone.

Sturridge was named among the substitutes after recovering from an ankle injury, while Kolo Toure paired Martin Skrtel at the heart of the Liverpool defence in the absence of Daniel Agger (calf).

Walters and Crouch returned to Stoke's starting line-up in place of Kenwyne Jones and Oussama Assaidi, who was ineligible to face his parent club. Goalkeeper Jack Butland made his first Premier League start as Thomas Sorensen was left on the bench.

Liverpool took an early lead at the Britannia Stadium last season and were in front after only four minutes on this occasion courtesy of a major stroke of luck.

Cissokho's long-range strike was never going to trouble Butland until it struck the unfortunate Shawcross and flew past the wrong-footed Stoke goalkeeper and into the net.

Stoke could do nothing about the opening goal, but they only had themselves to blame for Liverpool's second after 31 minutes.

Wilson was the chief culprit as he failed to get enough on his attempted header back to Butland and the alert Suarez slotted home after Shawcross failed to clear. 

The home side responded and Crouch gave them a lifeline eight minutes later with Stoke's first headed goal of the season after he was picked out by Marko Arnautovic.

Butland got down well to deny Philippe Coutinho and Shawcross nipped in to clear the rebound, then Stoke were level just before the break when Adam let fly with a fine left-foot strike from 20 yards out that flew into the far corner.

Wilson had another moment to forget four minutes after the break when he fired the ball straight at Sterling and was then adjudged to have brought the winger down by referee Taylor when there appeared to be minimal contact.

Gerrard sent Butland the wrong way from the spot to restore Liverpool's lead on his landmark appearance for the Merseyside club.

Sturridge made his eagerly-awaited comeback 65 minutes in and the England striker took only five minutes to demonstrate his telepathic understanding with Suarez as his delightful backheel presented the Uruguay international with the opportunity to find the far corner with a clinical finish.

Walters was denied by a fine save from Simon Mignolet, but the Stoke forward beat the Belgium international with a tame finish six minutes from time.

Sturridge had the final say, though, as he was first denied by Butland, but kept his composure to fire home the rebound with his left foot. There was still time for Crouch to be denied by the post in an incredible game.



Stoke City

23
Jack Butland
Goalkeeper
2.50
3
Erik Pieters
Defender
2.00
12
Marc Wilson
Defender
0.50
17
Ryan Shawcross
Defender
5′ 58′
1.50
20
Geoff Cameron
Defender
2.50
6
Glenn Whelan
Midfielder
2.50
15
Steven N'Zonzi
Midfielder
81′
3.00
16
Charlie Adam
Midfielder
45′
3.00
10
2.50
19
3.00
25
Peter Crouch
Striker
39′
3.00

Liverpool

2.50
22
Simon Mignolet
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
2.50
4
Kolo Toure
Defender
2.50
20
2.50
37
3.50
8
Steven Gerrard
Midfielder
51′
3.00
10
Coutinho
Midfielder
66′
2.50
14
3.00
21
Lucas Leiva
Midfielder
4.00
31
4.50
7

Substitutes

29
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5
Muniesa
Defender
 - 
30
 - 
7
 - 
8
W. Palacios
Midfielder
 - 
26
 - 
32
 - 

Substitutes

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34
 - 
33
Daniel Ward
Midfielder
 - 
12
Victor Moses
Midfielder
 - 
33
Jordon Ibe
Midfielder
 - 
6
Luis Alberto
Midfielder
 - 
9
Iago Aspas
Striker
4.00
15

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Manchester United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0