PHOTOS: Johnson bundled; Hughes disappointed - Best images from Liverpool's 1-0 win

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Liverpool defeated Stoke City on Saturday and here is the story of the match in pictures:

Liverpool won 1-0 against Stoke City on Saturday in a match they dared not lose.

The Reds' recent performances and results have been well below what manager Brendan Rodgers would expect, so Glen Johnson’s late winner could not have come at a better time.

The full-back nodded in with just five minutes of normal-time remaining and the result means Liverpool ended a run of five games without a win.

There is still a very long way to go before this Liverpool side are back where they belong but it was a step in the right direction, and Rodgers will see upcoming matches against Leicester City and Sunderland as opportunities to play their way into form.

Stoke will be disappointed they could not hold on, or even win the match considering some of the chances they had. But they had much to be proud of and have a squad that should push for a top 10 finish come May.

Below is a selection of the best images from Saturday’s match:

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