Liverpool vs. Stoke City, FA Cup: 6 Things We Learned as Reds Return to Wembley

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Liverpool vs. Stoke City, FA Cup: 6 Things We Learned as Reds Return to Wembley
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Liverpool 2-1 victory in the FA Cup quarterfinal over Stoke City at Anfield showed several sides to Kenny Dalglish's Reds, as they booked their place at Wembley for the second time this season.

Stoke pushed Liverpool hard for an hour or so, but after taking the lead for the second time, Liverpool were strong enough to hold on and dominate much of the game.

Luis Suarez's sublime opener was the high point of a first half littered with wasteful passing and niggly fouls, but Peter Crouch rapidly equalised from a wrongly-awarded corner.

It was left to Stewart Downing to be the Reds' slightly unlikely hero, as he ran onto his own pass and crashed the ball into the net to send his side through into their second domestic cup semifinal of the season.

Here are six things we learned about Liverpool in their win over Stoke.

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