Stoke City and Liverpool played out one of the games of the season as Brendan Rodgers' side went back into the top four with a 5-3 win at the Britannia Stadium.

Liverpool took a 2-0 lead in the first half after Aly Cissokho's corner flag-bound shot took a huge deflection off of Ryan Shawcross, resulting in an own goal. Then, Martin Skrtel's poorly defended long ball allowed Luis Suarez to slot home for his 21st goal of the season.

However, Stoke refused to lay down and die as former Liverpool players Peter Crouch and Charlie Adam brought the score back to 2-2 at half-time. The former scored a towering header whilst the latter scored a wonder strike from outside the box to level the scores going into the break.

Five minutes into the second half, Liverpool were awarded a controversial penalty as Raheem Sterling went down under a challenge from a Marc Wilson. Steven Gerrard slotted home the penalty to celebrate his 650th game for Liverpool.

After a relatively even twenty minutes, Daniel Sturridge made his return from injury, reuniting the Suarez and Sturridge partnership (nicknamed 'SAS'), playing a through ball for Suarez out wide inside the area as the Uruguayan slotted home a wonderful finish to score his second goal of the game.

However, with five minutes plus injury time left, Stoke broke down the left and Marko Arnautovic's cross seemed to be in vain as Jonathan Walters couldn't quite get the ball under control for a quick shot. However, the Evertonian took the ball past the defender and his rather tame shot went past the blundering Simon Mignolet to bring the score back to 4-3.

However, the 'SAS' partnership struck again as Suarez put Sturridge through on goal. The Englishman's original shot was saved well but he took the rebound to score the final goal of the game as the match ended 5-3.

Suarez and Gerrard were very much to the fore as Gerrard's playing in a deeper role allowed him to control the game. Suarez's two goals means that he has now scored more than once in a game on eight occasions (Stoke themselves have only managed that seven times this season).

Liverpool are now back in the top four and lie five points behind leaders Manchester City. However, Arsenal have a game in hand and should they beat Aston Villa tonight, then they will go back to the top and six points clear of the Anfield side.

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