With Liverpool returning to the Britannia Stadium on Sunday, the scene of their 6-1 humiliation last time out, Josh Sexton takes a look at 5 happier meetings at the Potters.
Liverpool 4-0 Stoke City – 19th August 2009
Rafael Benitez’s side atoned for their disappointing opening day defeat to Tottenham, with an emphatic win over the Potters at Anfield.
Fernando Torres opened the scoring and new signing Glen Johnson – who joined the Potters this summer – doubled the Reds’ lead with an acrobatic bicycle kick from close range.
Dirk Kuyt and David Ngog finished off the scoring as Liverpool dominated the game, though at times they appeared to miss the creativity of recently departed Xabi Alonso.
Liverpool 5-3 Stoke City – 12th January 2014
Luis Suarez scored twice as Liverpool put five past Mark Hughes’ Stoke side to remain in touch with league leaders Manchester City.
Despite taking a two goal lead courtesy of a Ryan Shawcross own goal and a Suarez strike the sides went in level at the break after goals from former Liverpool men Peter Crouch and Charlie Adam.
However, Brendan Rodgers side had too much for the Potters in the second half as Steven Gerrard scored from the spot, followed by goals from Daniel Sturridge and Suarez’s second effort, ensured the Reds picked up all three points.
Liverpool 2-0 Stoke City – 2nd February 2011
A debut goal from new signing Luis Suarez ensured a routine win for Kenny Dalglish’s men just days after the departure of Fernando Torres.
Despite the Spaniard’s big money, deadline day move one of his replacements paid instant dividends for the Reds, just 16 minutes after coming on as a substitute.
Raul Meireles scored the first Liverpool goal at the start of the second half following Stoke’s failure to clear a Steven Gerrard free kick.
Liverpool 2-1 Stoke City – 26th October 2011
Luis Suarez took matters into his own hands with a sensational individual display to secure Liverpool’s advancement to the fifth round of the Carling Cup.
Stoke took the lead via a Kenwyne Jones header just before the half time interval, however the Reds replied in the second half as Suarez nutmegged Ryan Shotton before curling a sensational strike into the far corner of Thomas Sorensen’s goal.
The Uruguayan scored the winning goal five minutes from the end finishing off a Jordan Henderson cross with a close range header. [td_ad_box spot_id=“custom_ad_3″]
Liverpool 8-0 Stoke City – 29th November 2000
Then second division Stoke welcomed a Liverpool side who had lost their last three away games in the league, and had several stars rested for their trip to Staffordshire.
However, this was no hindrance to the Reds as they ran riot with Robbie Fowler picking up a hat trick, and current first team coach Gary McAllister playing an important part with three of his corners leading to goals.
Christian Ziege; Vladimir Smicer; Markus Babbel with his first for the club; Sami Hyypia and Danny Murphy supplied the goals for Gerard Houllier’s side as they continued on their way to the Worthington Cup trophy, and ultimately a treble.
With Brendan Rodgers’ side out to avenge the 6-1 humiliation at the end of last season, the players need little motivation to make an example of the Potters this coming weekend.
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