Looked shaky in the early stages and nearly handed Stoke the lead by flapping at a corner but endeared himself to the Kop faithful with a late penalty stop to deny the visitors a point.
A solid start from the former Arsenal and Manchester City defender, who appeared calm and composed when in possession. Almost opened his account with a bullet header.
An attacking outlet for the Reds throughout and was always comfortable on the ball as Liverpool looked to get their passing game going from the back.
Strong in the challenge and assisted Coutinho down the left as they doubled up on the Stoke full back to devastating effect.
Diligent in his defensive duties even if his passing was sometimes off. Dominated Crouch aerially and posed a threat at set pieces. Ludicrous handball at the end nearly cost his side badly.
A typically combative performance from the ever-improving midfielder, but his tentative play in the final third sometimes let him down, such as his gilt-edged miss which would have given his side the lead.
A commanding presence in the midfield as always, the captain's delivery from set-pieces was immaculate. Controlled the game.
Solid enough in his role as the shield in the midfield three. Was booked for an over-zealous tackle in the opening period but helped prevent the threats of Etherington and Walters out wide when the Reds' full-backs bombed forward.
The tricky little playmaker was at his instrumental best. Pulled the strings in the middle of the pitch and always had his head up when on the ball as he looked to make things happen.
An encouraging debut for the Spaniard as he linked up well with his fellow forwards and looked to get involved whenever he could. Was unlucky not to register his first goal for the club.
Superb performance from Liverpool's key frontman, who appears to be settled into his new surroundings. Took his goal with aplomb and looked comfortable interchanging with the fluid frontline.
Kept his side in the match with a string of superb saves, and was also very consistent with his distribution in a fine all-round display. Undoubted man of the match.
Was mesmerized by some of the Reds' intelligent movement and was often caught out of position. Unlucky to see his volley crash against the bar early on.
Given a surprise role in midfield but was largely anonymous throughout. Failed to link up well enough with Crouch, who came deep looking for the ball.
Tough baptism of fire for the Dutch full-back, who endured a torrid time down the left as Aspas, Sturridge and Johnson all looked to get at him down his flank.
The captain tried to organize his backline and lead by example but struggled to get to grips with the strikers he was attempting to mark.
Was neat in possession but struggled to get to grips with the influential Coutinho and was drawn into fouls regularly.
Typically lively but his end product was often lacking as he looked to get the better of Johnson. Did not help out the struggling Pieters enough.
The Republic of Ireland midfielder was industrious, if nothing else. Was sometimes sloppy in possession and often overrun by the impressive Gerrard in the engine room.
A resilient display from Stoke's hardman but he was unable to have much effect as Liverpool passed their way neatly through the Potters' three-man midfield unit.
Tried his utmost to make something happen for his side but with little success. Tested Mignolet with a curling strike in the first half. His side's performance was perhaps best summed up by his late penalty miss.
Could not get the better of the impressive pairing of Toure and Agger and came deep to find possession, but was often unable to keep hold of the ball or bring his team-mates into the game.
Struggled to get to grips with the pace of the game when he came on and had no notable impact during his time on the field.
Was introduced by manager Mark Hughes to help his side get the ball down and control proceedings, but he was a peripheral figure as Liverpool continued to dictate.
Came on with 10 minutes left and missed from the rebound of Walters' penalty in his only meaningful contribution.