Jurgen Klopp made many changes for the visit of Stoke, the first time he’s done so in the Premier League.
The Reds starting line-up confirmed that Klopp has given up on a top four spot and is placing all his eggs on qualifying for the Champions League via the Europa League, with the key game against Dortmund on Thursday.
However Stoke proved to be an easy contest with the home side opening the scoring in the eighth minute. Milner was pushed to the ground by Bardsley as the two battled for the ball down the left wing, resulting in a free-kick for the hosts. It was taken quickly as the Stoke players argued about the decision, allowing Moreno to pick up the ball in a pocket of space before firing a curling 30-yard strike that flew past the outstretched arm of Haugaard and into the back of the net.
The visitors didn’t take long to get back into the game. They got a free-kick after 22 minutes. Shaqiri cross found Bojan who beat Mignolet with his header from close. Liverpool should be concerned about being beaten in the air again. The last time they had poor marking was a few days ago against Dortmund. The only change at the back this time was Kolo Toure coming on for rested Dejan Lovren.
After 32 minutes Ojo drifted out to the left wing and with some great work he produced a great cross for Sturridge to score with a header. Sturridge would be relieved after being dropped for the last game.
Ojo was very impressive and continued to prove himself with some good moves. However he was unfortunate to be substituted at half-time for Divock Origi. The move was proven to be right for Klopp.
After 50 minutes Sturridge received the ball from a corner and played it to Milner. His cross found an unmarked Origi who headed home. Yes, yet another headed goal on the day.
The Belgian capped off a fine week, boasting his speed to go past Bardsley and then unleash a sweet strike to beat the keeper.
It was a rare occasion for Liverpool to go into cruise control and they did see it out easily.