Stoke City vs. Liverpool: 6 Things We Learned

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Stoke City vs. Liverpool: 6 Things We Learned
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One of the more remarkable games of this Premier League season was finally decided by Liverpool's increased quality, as Luis Suarez and the returning Daniel Sturridge secured the Reds the points in a crazy 5-3 win at Stoke.

Liverpool looked as though they were going to easily run away with their first-ever league win at the Britannia Stadium as a Ryan Shawcross own goal and Suarez's opportunist strike put them 2-0 up.

But former Reds players Peter Crouch and Charlie Adam drew Stoke level by half-time, with first a well-placed header and then a stunning strike from the edge of the box as the visitors struggled to deal with the Potters' power.

Fortune then smiled on the Reds as Raheem Sterling won a controversial penalty, which Steven Gerrard converted, with substitute Sturridge then setting up Suarez for a fine finish to make it 4-2.

Jon Walters pulled another one back for Stoke, with Sturridge marking his return to the team from injury by wrapping up the win late on.

Here are six lessons learned from a wet and wild afternoon in the Potteries:

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