Beginning to look the real deal, the Bosnian was superb against Birmingham and made several terrific saves, notably from Maxi at 1-0.
The local lad enjoyed a rare league start and combined well with Pennant going forward and frequently frustrated Maxi and Torres, having the former in his pocket throughout.
The German revelled in playing in a more central role, and partnered well with Shawcross to frustrate Kuyt and Torres.
Made a terrific early challenge on Torres as the World Cup winner looked to set to turn on the afterburners and race through unopposed down the channel, and continued to impress throughout with a composed and commanding display.
Should have seen yellow for clattering into Kuyt with an elbow, but the Welshman looked steady at left-back, managing Meireles with ease.
Continuing to play in an attacking role as he did against Birmingham in midweek, the former Sunderland man twice came close with pops from distance in the early stages. The dynamic
A steady performance from the veteran, who covered Gerrard and Lucas inch-for-inch.
Took the brunt of a heavy challenge from Lucas, but the winger was able to play on and came close to notching at the far post from a Jones cross. A consistent outlet on the counter in the second.
Enthusiastic, willing and able against his former club, the winger is beginning to look like the perfect right-sided complement to Etherington.
The Jamaican caused problems for both Kyrgiakos and Carragher with some clever touches and superbly released Jones only to see his team-mate squander the chance to score. Prodded home for the opening goal after Liverpool failed to clear their lines. Replaced by Walters as time wore on to another standing ovation.
Sloppy first touch let him down when he'd been released by his strike partner, but the big man almost instantly made amends by crossing for Etherington, whose effort bobbled wide from the six yard area. Hustled well against Kyrgiakos and Skrtel, and sealed victory with some powerful play and a clinical finish.
Made a terrific save to deny Whitehead, but not too pleased about Stoke's argy-bargy set-pieces. Arguably could have done better to prevent both goals.
The towering defender nearly gave his side the lead when he met a Gerrard corner, only for his header to be turned away at the post, and terribly misread a bouncing ball to give Jones a chance.
Playing at right-back, the seasoned campaigner used all of his intelligence anticipate and hook behind a cross that had 'goal' written all over it with Etherington sneaking in at the far post. Still an embarrassment going forward.
Struggled up against the lively Pennant and scarcely got beyond the halfway line. The summer signing seems to offer little that the young Emiliano Insua, shipped out on loan to Turkey, or Fabio Aurelio do not possess.
Woefully cleared his lines to gift Whitehead an effort from the edge of the area, and fortunate that Reina was on hand to save the day. The Slovakian relished the chance to fight fire with fire against Jones and Fuller, but too easily turned by the former for the match sealing goal.
Saw a well hit effort stopped by Begovic before firing wide from a similar range. Failed to drag his team out of the duldrums in the second. A huge disappointment.
Still not looking fully comfortable in a wide role, the Portuguese centre midfielder did at least manage to test Begovic with a decent strike after a clever run. Subbed off after a subdued performance.
Few players have disappointed as much as the Argentine has since arriving in January, and the glamorous attacker struggled to find a way out of Wilkinson's back pocket in the first half, and should have scored from close range in the second before being replaced by Babel.
Saw red for two silly yellows. The man who was supposedly set to join Stoke on the last day of the summer transfer window struggled to impose himself on the front foot, but adapted to dropping deep and instigating moves from the back.
Isolated once again, the superstar was anonymous in the first half as he was shorn of service and saw yellow moments into the second for an act of frustrated petulance. After hardly having a sniff of goal, it's hard to see how the talismanic striker could possibly be enjoying his football at the moment.
Typical industry from the Dutchman, who tracked back to help out in the midfield battle, but rarely threatened going forward.