Luis Suarez scored twice as Liverpool recorded their first victory at Stoke in the Premier League to move five points behind leaders Manchester City.

They took a 2-0 lead in the first half following an own goal from Ryan Shawcross and a strike from Suarez.

Stoke hit back through a Peter Crouch header and a superb Charlie Adam shot.

Steven Gerrard made it 3-2 from the spot and Suarez fired in an angled shot before Jon Walters's strike, but Daniel Sturridge sealed the win late on.

Rodgers proud of 'brilliant' win

That last goal came with three minutes of the 90 remaining, which still was enough time for Crouch to head against the post and for Simon Mignolet to produce an outstanding save to prevent Gerrard from scoring an own goal.

In total, there were 13 efforts on goal from each side at the Britannia Stadium, a venue where Stoke had only conceded seven goals in their previous 10 league fixtures.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will be bemoaning his side's defending, as will opposite number Mark Hughes, but the Irishman will be thrilled by the reunion of Sturridge and Suarez in attack.

Loose Liverpool

Liverpool have conceded at least two goals in seven of their last eight Premier League away games

England international Sturridge, who had not played because of an ankle injury since 23 November, came on in the 66th minute and five minutes later provided the assist for Suarez's second.

And with three minutes remaining, the Uruguay forward found his partner, who then scored the fifth as the Reds climbed from sixth to fourth.

Liverpool began brilliantly and were in cruise control up until six minutes before the break. Shawcross inadvertently found the net after Aly Cissokho's drive took a huge deflection off his leg, before Suarez capitalised on errors from Marc Wilson and the goalscorer to slot in the second.

Stoke's riposte to going two goals down was commendable. They reduced the arrears when Austrian winger Marko Arnautovic, in the team for the ineligible Oussama Assaidi, flung in a ball from the left which Crouch guided into Mignolet's bottom right.

They then levelled in spectacular style when another ex-Red, Adam, drove forward and launched a ferocious shot from 20 yards that easily beat the Belgium keeper.

However, Liverpool were back in front six minutes after the restart.

Once again it was a defensive mistake - and once again it was Wilson. The Republic of Ireland defender, in an attempt to find a team-mate, played the ball to the effervescent Raheem Sterling.

Sterling went down too easily - Hughes

The Liverpool winger, who seemed to control the ball with his hand, sped into the area before he was pushed over by Wilson, who was trying to atone for his initial mistake.

Captain Gerrard, who was playing in a holding midfield role on his 650th appearance for the club, slotted in his spot-kick to Jack Butland's left.

And Liverpool twisted the knife once more when substitute Sturridge jinked one way then the other before playing in Suarez, who smacked an angled drive that nestled in the bottom left.

It should have been game over, but there was still time for one more Stoke response when Walters was quick to pick up the loose ball in the area before firing in past the reach of Mignolet.

With Stoke pouring forward in search of an equaliser, they were left exposed at the back allowing Suarez to break and find Sturridge.

The ex-Chelsea player's initial strike was saved by Butland, but he stayed alert to pick up the follow-up, juggle the ball and fire in at the far post.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (2)

Stoke City

  • 22 Butland
  • 20 Cameron
  • 03 Pieters
  • 15 N'Zonzi (Ireland - 81' )
  • 17 Shawcross Booked
  • 12 Wilson
  • 19 Walters
  • 06 Whelan
  • 25 Crouch
  • 16 Adam
  • 10 Arnautovic

Substitutes

  • 05 Muniesa
  • 07 Pennant
  • 08 Palacios
  • 26 Etherington
  • 29 Sørensen
  • 30 Shotton
  • 32 Ireland

Liverpool

  • 22 Mignolet
  • 02 Johnson
  • 20 Cissokho Booked
  • 08 Gerrard
  • 37 Skrtel
  • 04 Kolo Touré
  • 14 Henderson
  • 21 Lucas
  • 07 Suárez
  • 31 Sterling
  • 10 Coutinho (Sturridge - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 06 Luis Alberto
  • 09 Iago Aspas
  • 12 Moses
  • 15 Sturridge
  • 33 Ibe
  • 34 Kelly
  • 52 Ward
Ref: Anthony Taylor
Att: 27,160

Match Stats

Shots

13 13

On target

4 9

Corners

11 2

Fouls

10 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Stoke City 3, Liverpool 5.

90:00 +4:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Stoke City 3, Liverpool 5.

90:00 +3:05

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Lucas Leiva.

90:00 +2:01

Foul by Charlie Adam (Stoke City).

90:00 +2:01

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:32

Attempt saved. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

89:57

Peter Crouch (Stoke City) hits the right post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Charlie Adam with a cross.

88:41

Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:41

Foul by Luis Suárez (Liverpool).

86:46 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stoke City 3, Liverpool 5. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

86:42

Attempt saved. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

85:50

Attempt missed. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Geoff Cameron.

84:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stoke City 3, Liverpool 4. Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic with a cross.

82:47

Attempt saved. Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Peter Crouch with a cross.

81:30

Foul by Aly Cissokho (Liverpool).

81:30

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

80:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stoke City. Stephen Ireland replaces Steven N'Zonzi.

78:11

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Kolo Touré.

74:19

Attempt blocked. Charlie Adam (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic.

72:00

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Marc Wilson.

70:16 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stoke City 2, Liverpool 4. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daniel Sturridge following a fast break.

67:59

Attempt missed. Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Charlie Adam.

66:54

Attempt saved. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

66:33

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:33

Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

65:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Daniel Sturridge replaces Philippe Coutinho.

64:29

Attempt saved. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lucas Leiva.

59:08

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Aly Cissokho.

58:33

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Glen Johnson.

57:45 Booking

Booking Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

57:31

Luis Suárez (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:31

Foul by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City).

56:57

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Liverpool).

56:57

Peter Crouch (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

55:44

Attempt missed. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

55:20

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Steven N'Zonzi.

55:09

Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

55:09

Foul by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City).

54:21

Luis Suárez (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:21

Foul by Marc Wilson (Stoke City).

52:51

Attempt blocked. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Charlie Adam.

52:05 Booking

Booking Aly Cissokho (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

52:03

Foul by Aly Cissokho (Liverpool).

52:03

Charlie Adam (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

51:35

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Aly Cissokho.

50:36 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stoke City 2, Liverpool 3. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

49:35

Penalty Liverpool. Raheem Sterling draws a foul in the penalty area.

49:35

Penalty conceded by Marc Wilson (Stoke City) after a foul in the penalty area.

46:12

Attempt missed. Charlie Adam (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

45:00

Second Half begins Stoke City 2, Liverpool 2.

45:00 +4:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Stoke City 2, Liverpool 2.

45:00 +0:50

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Liverpool).

45:00 +0:50

Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stoke City 2, Liverpool 2. Charlie Adam (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

40:23

Attempt saved. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

38:55 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stoke City 1, Liverpool 2. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic with a cross.

32:26

Foul by Aly Cissokho (Liverpool).

32:26

Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

31:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stoke City 0, Liverpool 2. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal.

29:02

Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

28:09

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:09

Foul by Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City).

25:09

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Kolo Touré.

25:06

Attempt blocked. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Charlie Adam with a cross.

24:46

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Steven Gerrard.

24:42

Attempt blocked. Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

23:37

Attempt missed. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jonathan Walters with a cross.

22:45

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Steven Gerrard.

19:48

Attempt missed. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Raheem Sterling following a fast break.

19:06

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Kolo Touré.

17:34

Foul by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool).

17:34

Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

16:12

Dangerous play by Jonathan Walters (Stoke City).

16:12

Lucas Leiva (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

15:37

Offside, Stoke City. Charlie Adam tries a through ball, but Geoff Cameron is caught offside.

15:28

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

13:48

Delay in match Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) because of an injury.

12:36

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

11:48

Delay in match Peter Crouch (Stoke City) because of an injury.

11:22

Foul by Kolo Touré (Liverpool).

11:22

Peter Crouch (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:43

Glen Johnson (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

5:43

Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

5:05

Foul by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City).

5:05

Luis Suárez (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4:10 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Ryan Shawcross, Stoke City. Stoke City 0, Liverpool 1.

4:08

Attempt missed. Aly Cissokho (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

0:59

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Steven Gerrard.

0:28

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Martin Skrtel.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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