Apr 9, 2017

Three things learnt from Liverpool’s 2-1 comeback victory over Stoke

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After suffering a late equaliser against Bournemouth at Anfield in midweek, Liverpool headed to the bet365 Stadium knowing that this would be their fifth attempt of the season to win a game without Sadio Mane. Thanks to a brilliant second half comeback, they finally managed it.

The Reds, dressed in black on Saturday afternoon, were forced to field a much-weakened line-up including the likes of Ben Woodburn and Trent Alexander-Arnold after a growing list of injuries was added to by the illness of Philippe Coutinho, and Stoke took advantage.

Jonathan Walters found space in the box to fire a bullet header past Simon Mignolet just before half-time, but the Potters had several opportunities to do so earlier, with the Belgian goalkeeper in inspired form.

With Coutinho and Roberto Firmino added at half-time, the visitors looked a different side, with Dejan Lovren hitting the crossbar with a header before the number ten found the back of the net to level the scores.

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Then, only moments later, his compatriot Firmino raced through before smashing a lob past Lee Grant to give the away side the lead, sparking emphatic celebrations in the away end with a crucial goal in Liverpool’s hunt for a top four finish.

Read on over the next few pages to see what we can take from the game…

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Liverpool · Match Reaction · Stoke City

Sam is a Southend United fan and student based in the South-West. He has previously worked for various publications, including FourFourTwo magazine and ITV. Sam also has an extensive knowledge of Spanish football and has previously lived and worked in Spain. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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