Stoke City 3-5 Liverpool: Suarez and Sturridge prevent old-boys from last laugh in eight goal thriller

Stoke Britannia Stadium

Stoke and Liverpool played out a stunning game at The Brittania Stadium this afternoon.

Liverpool have beaten Stoke City 5-3 at The Britannia Stadium in a magnificent game of football in the rain soaked Potteries.

Liverpool soon found themselves 2-0 up in the game - after two goals were handed to them by a below par Potters defence.

The first goal was unlucky. After Liverpool pressed forward with some good movement down the right a cross was cleared into the path of Aly Cissokho. The Frenchman hammered the ball about five yards off target - but it ricocheted off Ryan Shawcross and beyond the scrambling Jack Butland.

It wasn’t long before it was two either. Marc Wilson’s attempted header back to Butland simply lofted into the air - Suarez pounced and it was 2-0.

But the scoreline was not fair on Stoke - who were playing very well in the opening stages.

So when two Liverpool old-boys came back to haunt them it was just reward for their good play.

First it was Peter Crouch - with a trademark header from the penalty spot and then Charlie Adam, who hit a rasping drive from 25 yards beyond the despairing Simon Mignolet in the Liverpool goalmouth.

Then, in the second half, a moment of debate.

Liverpool found themselves awarded a penalty when Raheem Sterling went down under the challenge of Wilson in the penalty area. Stoke fans will want to think it was a soft decision - but there was certainly contact and a penalty did not seem unfair.

Steve Gerrard stepped up and slotted the ball home for 3-2.

Stoke continued to push, and were then caught on the break after Daniel Sturridge re-entered the fray after an injury lay-off.

He dazzled out left before sliding a clever ball into the path of Luis Suarez - who made no mistake with a curling finish.

Stoke continued to press, and had chances - with Mignolet making a great save from a Jonathan Walters header.

Moments later and the Everton fan got a chance that he did take. One year on to the day since he missed a penalty and scored two own goals against Chelsea in a 4-0 defeat - he ran onto Marko Arnautovic’s wonderfully timed pass before sliding the ball past Mignolet for 4-3.

Crouch then had a header go wide, before Liverpool finished things off.

Suarez found Sturridge at the far post and his close range effort was save magnificently by Jack Butland - in what might be the most futile yet excellent saves in Premier League history - as the ball returned to the feet of Sturridge, who fashioned a chance to smash home for 5-3.

There was still time for Crouch to hit the post with a header, Suarez to force a save from Butland and Mignolet to make a fantastic stop from a Gerrard error but in the end that was it - the end of a thrilling eight goal encounter.

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