Liverpool set multiple unwanted records in astonishing defeat at Stoke City

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Liverpool lost 6-1 to Stoke City on the final day of the season.

Liverpool finished off their 2014-15 campaign in dramatic fashion as they were thrashed 6-1 by Stoke City in an incredible match which saw the Reds break multiple club records for all the wrong reasons.

The Reds headed into the encounter dominating the headlines due to Raheem Sterling’s ongoing contract battle and Steven Gerrard’s imminent departure from the club.

It has all led to plenty of questions being raised over boss Brendan Rodgers’ ability to manage certain situations at the club and whether his influence is starting to wane in the dressing room.

If the Northern Irishman ever needed a quiet afternoon, Sunday’s season finale was it. However, his luck was well and truly out as the Potters ran riot at the Britannia to inflict further misery.

Five astonishing first-half goals from the hosts followed and it was the first time the Merseysiders have ever conceded such a tally during the opening period in Premier League history.

Moreover, it was rather ironic that Gerrard’s final game for the club was the first time he has ever been on the receiving end of five goals throughout his Premier League career.

The second half was an improvement by Brendan Rodgers’ men, but a late Peter Crouch strike ensured that the Reds conceded six league goals in one game for the first time 52 years.

The 6ft 7inch striker’s effort came after a Gerrard consolation - his ninth league goal of the campaign, equalling the lowest tally recorded from a Reds top scorer in a decade (Milan Baros topped the league chart with nine goals in 2004-05.)

The Anfield outfit’s miserable afternoon was like a culmination of all the disappointments throughout the season, and one which will surely plunge Brendan Rodgers’ future at the club into doubt.

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