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Liverpool’s top 10 Premier League comebacks – Where does Stoke win rank?

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Liverpool‘s dramatic win at Stoke City was one of the Reds’ most noticeable comebacks of recent times, but what other examples have stood out in the Premier League era?

It is still hard not to be on a high after Liverpool‘s 2-1 victory at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp‘s side pulled off one of the ultimate smash and grab raids, and the three points could be enormous come the end of the season.

It was the latest example of a spirited fightback by the Reds, but what have been the top 10 since the Premier League started in 1992?

Here are our selections – do you agree with them?

 

10. Chelsea 1-3 Liverpool (2015/16)

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 31, 2015: Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Correia celebrates scoring the second goal against Chelsea during the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Going 1-0 down away to Chelsea early on makes winning an incredibly tough ask, but that’s exactly what Klopp’s men did early in his tenure last season.

Philippe Coutinho‘s curler levelled up his compatriot Ramires’ opener before his second of the day put Liverpool in dreamland at Stamford Bridge.

Christian Benteke put the icing on the cake with seven minutes left, as the Reds recorded one of their best away wins of recent years.

 

9. Liverpool 2-1 Charlton Athletic (2002/03)

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Ultimately, Liverpool fell short of a Champions League berth back in 2002/03, but this late show at home to Charlton Athletic was special.

A frustrating trademark Djimi Traore gaffe had gifted the visitors a second-half lead, but Sami Hyypia’s well-taken goal made it 1-1 with 86 minutes played.

Steven Gerrard, still an emerging force at this point, then muscled his way into the area before firing past Dean Kiely in the last minute. Anfield erupted.

 

8. Everton 1-2 Liverpool (2007/08)

Liverpool, England - Saturday, October 20, 2007: Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt celebrates scoring the winning goal from the penalty spot against Everton during the 206th Merseyside Derby match at Goodison Park. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Although not as late or impressive as some comebacks, in terms of pure drama this Merseyside derby victory at Goodison Park has to make the cut.

A disastrous Hyypia own goal threatened to an inflict a rare derby defeat on Liverpool before Dirk Kuyt made himself a hero.

The loveable Dutchman scored two penalties, with both Tony Hibbert and Phil Neville sent-off after each incident, and his second effort came with seconds left.

Everton somehow didn’t win a penalty straight after, following a tussle between Jamie Carragher and Joleon Lescott, which made the win all the sweeter.

 

7. Portsmouth 2-3 Liverpool (2008/09)

This was a gem of a victory from 2008/09, as Liverpool once again showed their mettle in a moment of adversity.

David Nugent and Fabio Aurelio exchanged second-half goals, and Hermann Hreidarsson put Portsmouth 2-1 up, before an extraordinary late turnaround.

Kuyt finished from an impossible angle with five minutes remaining, and with a draw looking nailed on, Fernando Torres powered home a header in front of the ecstatic travelling fans.

 

6. Stoke City 1-2 Liverpool (2016/17)

STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 8, 2017: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring the second goal against Stoke City during the FA Premier League match at the Bet365 Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Call it knee-jerk, but Saturday’s win felt so important that it has to be in the top 10.

There is every chance that we will look back on it as the most pivotal win of the season, as the Reds picked up one of their ugliest victories in some time.

A horrid first-half showing saw the pesky Jon Walters head Stoke in front before the Brazilian brilliance of Coutinho and Roberto Firmino saved the day.

Firmino’s winner was a stunning hit, and the celebrations that followed, both on the pitch, the touchline and in the stands, said all you needed to know about how much it meant.

 

5. Fulham 2-4 Liverpool (2004/05)

LONDON, ENGLAND - SATURDAY OCTOBER 16th 2004: Liverpool's Igor Biscan celebrates scoring the fourth goal against Fulham during the Premiership match at Craven Cottage. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This was a day that showed Liverpool had signed a special player in Xabi Alonso.

A Luis Boa Morte double stunned the visitors in the first-half, before Alonso was introduced at the interval and turned the game on its head.

Zat Knight’s own goal and a Milan Baros strike made it 2-2, before Alonso’s free-kick completed the comeback. It was his first Liverpool goal.

Gordon Ramsay doppelganger Igor Biscan then put the final nail in Fulham’s coffin, completing a superb win for Rafa Benitez’s side.

4. Man City 2-3 Liverpool (2008/09)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Sunday, October 5, 2008: Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt celebrates scoring the winning third goal in injury time against Manchester City during the Premiership match at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool‘s class of 2008/09 were a fantastic side, and this win announced them as genuine title challengers.

Trailing 2-0 at half-time away to an improving Man City outfit, a magnificent second-half showing saw two Torres goals level the scores.

The stage was set for Kuyt to once again be a big-game player, with the Dutchman firing home from close-range in the dying seconds.

Even better than that, though, was this classic from three years ago……

 

3. Fulham 2-3 Liverpool (2013/14)

LONDON, ENGLAND - Wednesday, February 12, 2014: Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring the third goal against Fulham from the penalty spot during the Premiership match at Craven Cottage. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

We will always look back on 2013/14 with a certain degree of sadness, but the amount of unforgettable wins that season should never be forgotten.

The last-gasp win at Fulham in February 2014 was one of the highlights of the campaign, with Gerrard unsurprisingly playing a key role.

Some typically suspect defending saw the Reds behind late in the day, but Philippe Coutinho‘s deflected effort gave them hope.

Gerrard then nervelessly converted a penalty in stoppage time, following a foul on Daniel Sturridge, and the skipper’s shirt-swirling celebration was reminiscent of Firmino at Stoke.

 

2. Liverpool 4-3 Newcastle (1995/96)

Stan Collymore, Liverpool 4-3 Newcastle, 1996 (Picture by: David Kendall / PA Archive/Press Association Images)

This is still the greatest ever Premier League game, and it was Liverpool who prevailed, following a truly dramatic finale.

With the hosts 3-2 behind and their title dreams stuttering, Stan Collymore equalised, before the enigmatic striker won it in stoppage time.

“Rush…Barnes…Rush…Barnes…Still John Barnes…COLLYMORE CLOSING IN!”. Martin Tyler nailed the commentary that night.

So what could possibly beat that to No.1?

 

1. Man United 1-4 Liverpool (2008/09)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, March 14, 2009: We've won it five times... Liverpool's Fernando Torres reminds fans of his club's European pedigree as he celebrates scoring the equalising goal against Manchester United during the Premiership match at Old Trafford. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This could well go down as Liverpool‘s most impressive away win ever in the Premier League, with the Reds turning round a deficit at Old Trafford to win in stunning fashion.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty looked set to make it a miserable afternoon against Man United, but Torres’ cool finish and Gerrard’s spot-kick changed the game completely.

Aurelio’s inch-perfect free-kick made it 3-1, following Nemanja Vidic’s dismissal, and Andrea Dossena etched his name into Liverpool folklore with a lobbed finish just before the end.

Not many teams have been 1-0 down and won at Old Trafford in the last 25 years, and for that reason, it is their most impressive comeback in the Premier League.

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