Match Review: Stoke vs Liverpool

A frustratingly boring game that Liverpool won 1-0 thanks to a wonder strike from Philippe Coutinho four minutes from the end.

The match was one devoid of any real quality but one played with a bit of feistiness shown by the fact that referee Anthony Taylor had to produce six yellow cards.

Stoke perhaps had the better of the chances but ultimately it was Liverpool who took the points as Philippe Coutinho stepped up four minutes from the end with his stunning long-range effort.

Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland did manage to get half a hand to Coutinho’s effort, but it made no difference because it was hit which such power.

Beyond that the match was a very dull affair.

After all the money Brendan Rodgers has spent over the summer on the squad, he, and the Liverpool owners, will no doubt be disappointed about the lack of chances they created.

£32 million striker Christian Benteke had just five touches in the opposition penalty area which isn’t good and will need to improve especially when Daniel Sturridge comes back from injury.

For Stoke there were positives in the number of half chances they were able to create and in Ibrahim Afellay who they got on a free transfer from Barcelona. He looks like he will be a quality player displaying some lovely bits of skill that excited the home the home crowd.

The transition at Stoke under Mark Hughes looks to be continuing nicely, for Rodgers there is still some work to do.

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