Liverpool win over Stoke ugly but important, says John Aldridge

The Reds earned all three points courtesy of Phillipe Coutinho's wonder strike and Aldridge says better football will come in due course.

Writing on Kicca, Liverpool legend John Aldrdige says their win over Stoke was an ugly but necessary step to take.

The Reds ran out 1-0 victors in Sunday’s dour game, with a Phillipe Coutinho goal late on sealing all three points for Brendan Rodgers’ side from an otherwise uninspiring display.

The result acted as revenge for the Reds, who were humiliated 6-1 when they visited the Britannia in the final game of last season.

And Aldridge believes, despite it not being the pretty game that many would have hoped for, it shows team spirit and was exactly what Liverpool needed.

"No two ways about it, Liverpool’s first game of the season against Stoke was an ugly, ugly win," he wrote on Kicca.

"We certainly didn’t play well but most importantly we got points on the board. The team showed spirit and showed they wanted to revenge the 6-1 mauling they got last season. After what happened in May, perhaps that kind of battling display was exactly what Liverpool needed."

Better football will come 

The goal from Coutinho was the latest in a long line of wonder goals from the Brazilian, with him having become one for the spectacular when his side desperately need it in recent times.

Sunday’s game was one of those moments, with neither side having looked threatening and the defences having ruled supreme. It was disappointing for Liverpool fans in particular, who would have been excited to see their summer recruits put in a star performance.

Aldridge, though, says a game like that was always going to be won by either a mistake or a piece of genius - and has sent Reds fans the clear message that better football will come this season.

"At the end of the day, a game like that was either going to be won by a big mistake or a piece of genius," he added.

"This time it was clearly the latter with a brilliant strike by Coutinho. All in all it was a pretty encouraging start and they'll definitely play better football this season."

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