WATCH - Brendan Rodgers enjoys happier trip to Stoke

Rodgers gets a much needed win
Rodgers gets a much needed win

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was pushed to the brink of the sack following a 6-1 defeat at Stoke on the final day of last season - but he opened this campaign with a much-needed 1-0 win at the same venue.

Philippe Coutinho's stunning long-range strike four minutes from time earned Liverpool a big win, with Rodgers relieved to get off to a flying start.

It was contrasting emotions for Stoke boss Mark Hughes, who offered this assessment of his side's display.