Liverpool dominated proceedings at Anfield with a 4-0 win against Stoke City. The Reds displayed one of their most dominating performances of the season against the Potters. This game highlighted the better things awaiting Liverpool in the future.
Liverpool started the game in dominating fashion and they were rightly rewarded with a goal in the 8th minute. Alberto Moreno scored a brilliant long-range goal into the corner of the net. However, Stoke City soon equalised soon after through a Bojan Krkic header. The game was turning into an interesting encounter with both teams playing some good attacking football.
Shame Ojo is off, but was impressed with the off the ball movements. Quality dribbling, and a great assist for Sturridge.— LFC Fans Corner (@LFCFansCorner) April 10, 2016
However, Liverpool went ahead again with a Daniel Sturridge header after some brilliant play from unknown talent Ojo playing as a winger. He easily beat Xherdan Shaquiri and put in a brilliant cross for a tap-in header for Sturridge. The first half ended 2-1 in favour of Liverpool.
22: Shaqiri puts a free-kick in the box and BOJAN SCORES!— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) April 10, 2016
Liverpool started the second half brightly as well and put Stoke under enormous pressure. They went ahead 3-1 through a Divock Origi goal and he carried on the form which he displayed in the Europa League. It was effectively game over for them at this stage but Origi scored yet again this time with a brilliant curling effort into the bottom corner. He is one player who has grabbed the opportunity given by manager Jurgen Klopp with both hands and he has evolved tremendously as a player.
Liverpool will gain immense confidence going into the return leg of the Europa League tie against Dortmund. The Anfield crowd will be vociferously backing their team and this win has instilled renewed optimism and faith in their manager. As for Stoke, manager Mark Hughes will have to review the defensive lapses seen in this game. With this big loss, Stoke City are slipping away and their qualification for Europe looks to be in jeopardy.
They have a strong squad and they just need to get back to the drawing board and rework a few things.