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Mark Hughes: Losing 6-1 to Stoke City should not reflect badly on Liverpool

Mark Hughes believes that most teams would have struggled to cope with his Stoke City side at the Britannia Stadium when they put six past Liverpool.

Stoke City ruined Steven Gerrard's farewell as they hammered Liverpool 6-1 after a superb first-half display in the Premier League on Sunday.

In his two years as manager at the Britannia Stadium, Mark Hughes has not only made the Potters a team easier on the eye in terms of playing style but has also guided the club to successive ninth-placed finishes in the Premier League.

For the first time in the club's Premier League existence Stoke finished the season with a positive goal difference (+3) thanks to Sunday's win.

Hughes, however, does not believe many teams would have been able to cope with Stoke on Sunday and that the result should not reflect badly on Liverpool.

"We couldn't have asked for a better finish to a really great season," Hughes told Stoke's official website after Sunday's game.

"The level of performance in that first 45 minutes was exceptional and I don't think it reflects badly on Liverpool. I think most teams would have struggled to cope with the quality and intensity of our play.

"It is a great performance against a very good team with great individual talents, and we have been able to get the level of performance that I think a lot of people sensed we were capable of. Everything came together and we showed what a good side we are."

In a memorable 23-minute spell for the Potters, goals from Mame Diouf (two), Jon Walters, Charlie Adam and Steven Nzonzi put them 5-0 up before half time.

Substitute on Sunday Peter Crouch rounded off the scoring late on after Steven Gerrard, in his final game for Liverpool, scored a consolation goal.

While Hughes makes his point clearly about the level of performance inside the first half, Liverpool should never be losing 6-1 to a Premier League opponent.

The result which will been seen as a nightmare for Liverpool fans has gone badly with the club leaving Brendan Rodger's future in jeopardy.

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