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Player ratings as Liverpool beat Stoke

Lallana and Firmino both on the scoresheet
Lallana and Firmino both on the scoresheet

Liverpool warmed up for their mouthwatering clash against top-four rivals Manchester City later this week with a confident 4-1 win over Stoke.

Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino turned things around in the first half after Jon Walters' opener before a Giannelli Imbula own goal and Daniel Sturridge's first in the league this season less than a minute after coming off the bench wrapped things up.

They moved back into second ahead of City, who visit on Saturday, to maintain the six-point gap with leaders Chelsea.

STAR MAN

Lallana. The England international has really impressed this season and his performance here was very much in keeping with that. After slotting home Liverpool's first goal and playing his part in the creation of their second, he fully earned the huge round of applause he received from Reds fans when coming off with around 20 minutes to go.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Lallana's goal. The Reds put together a nice move for the equaliser as they looked to respond after making a poor start to the contest. Sadio Mane collected an excellent Divock Origi pass and delivered the ball towards Lallana, who reacted sharply with a low shot past Lee Grant after a ricochet off Glen Johnson.

DATA POINT

This result extended Stoke boss Mark Hughes' wait to achieve a first Premier League win at Anfield as a manager to 11 games.

RATINGS

Liverpool

Simon Mignolet 6 (out of 10)

Nathaniel Clyne 6

Dejan Lovren 6

Ragnar Klavan 6

James Milner 7

Jordan Henderson 7

Georginio Wijnaldum 6

Adam Lallana 8

Sadio Mane 7

Divock Origi 7

Roberto Firmino 7

Substitutes

Emre Can (for Lallana, 69) 6

Daniel Sturridge (for Origi, 70) 7

Alberto Moreno (for Firmino, 79) 6

Stoke

Lee Grant 6

Glen Johnson 5

Ryan Shawcross 4

Bruno Martins Indi 5

Erik Pieters 6

Glenn Whelan 5

Giannelli Imbula 4

Jonathan Walters 6

Joe Allen 6

Mame Diouf 5

Peter Crouch 6

Subs

Ramadan Sobhi (for Whelan, 66) 5

Ibrahim Afellay (for Diouf, 75) 6

Wilfried Bony (for Crouch, 84) 5

WHO'S UP NEXT?

Liverpool v Manchester City (Premier League, December 31)

Chelsea v Stoke (Premier League, December 31)