With the rest of the Premier League top four winning on Monday, the pressure was on Liverpool to follow suit against Stoke 24 hours later.
Things got off to a shaky start for Jurgen Klopp’s side, however, when Jonathan Walters put the visitors in front in the opening fifteen minutes, capitalising on some poor Liverpool defending.
The home side did eventually gain a foothold on the game, and goals from Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino sent the home side into the break in front.
A Giannelli Imbula own goal gave Liverpool some breathing space, and Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross pretty much killed the tie as a contest when he didn’t realise Daniel Sturridge had just come on as a substitute…
The England international had just replaced Divock Origi in attatck, and despite the good fortune still had some work to do in rounding Lee Grant and finishing into an empty net.
In what has been a frustrating campaign, this was Sturridge’s first Premier League goal of the season, and his second major contribution in the space of a week after his shot led to Sadio Madé’s winner in the Merseyside derby last week.
At the time of writing, Liverpool are 4-1 up and fully on course to reclaim second place in the table and narrow the gap on leaders Chelsea to six points.