The curse of the Britannia Stadium was finally lifted on Sunday as Stoke lost at home to Liverpool for the first time in four meetings.

It was a lively start with on loan full-back Aly Cissokho finding the net via a Ryan Shawcross leg after he drilled in a shot from the edge of the area inside five minutes.

Luis Suarez made it 2-0 in the 32nd minute thanks to his legendary persistence catching out the hesitant Stoke back line.

The game looked all but over: who would have predicted how far wrong that would prove to be.

Former Reds Peter Crouch and Charlie Adam levelled the scoreline just before half time with a placed header and a beautiful strike respectively.

In the 51st minute, Raheem Sterling was brought down in the box by Marc Wilson and the penalty was awarded.

Steven Gerrard was the man to take it and on his 650th Liverpool appearance, he put the Reds back in front after sending Jack Butland the wrong way.

Following a long spell on the sidelines due to injury, Daniel Sturridge made his return today at the expense of Phillipe Coutinho and the S.A.S were reunited once more.

Not long after coming on Sturridge played an inventive ball through to Suarez who tucked the ball home in the corner of the goal to claim his 22nd goal of the season.

Liverpool looked to be leading comfortably but in the 85th minute Jonathan Walters clawed a goal back for the Potters in order to make it a very nervous finish for the visiting team.

The atmosphere was electric despite the torrential rain that had arrived and the hopes of the home fans never suffered.

However, a second revival was not to be and Sturridge tucked away a fifth for Liverpool in the 87th minute despite Butland producing a world class stop at his first attempt.

The final whistle blew and one of the games of the season so far came to an end. Mark Hughes’ side have lost now only two home games in 12 months and Stoke gave Liverpool a run for their money from the first whistle until the last and should not be disappointed at their performance despite conceding five goals at home.

After a difficult Christmas period Liverpool seem to have returned to winning ways and now find themselves back in the top four.

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