Alberto Moreno.

Alberto Moreno scored a rocket to give Liverpool the lead against Stoke

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Alberto Moreno scored a rocket to give Liverpool the lead against Stoke.

The full-back struck home from 25 yards to open the scoring in the eighth minute as the Reds look to keep alive their hopes of finishing in a European place.

James Milner passed to the unmarked Moreno from a free-kick and the Spaniard was afforded the time to unleash a swirling effort that flew beyond Jakub Haugaard. Check out the delightful strike below.


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Jurgen Klopp’s side will leapfrog Stoke into eighth place with a win and the German will be desperate to see his team secure European football.

The top four is out of reach but victory in the Europa League will see Liverpool qualify for next season’s Champions League.

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Moreno's goal

And after a 1-1 draw in the semi-final first leg at Borussia Dortmund on Thursday, the Merseyside outfit have boosted their hopes of winning Europe’s second tournament.

The Champions League is the target, of course, but failing that, Liverpool must be able to offer summer targets some form of European football or they are likely to miss out on a number of acquisitions.

The gruelling Europa League isn’t the most enticing of offers but Klopp’s presence will attract many top name players. The Reds have been linked with Bayern Munich’s out-of-sorts playmaker Mario Gotze.

It was Moreno’s first goal since December 2014 and he’s unlikely to score a better one for a while. Liverpool haven’t possessed a left-back with a fierce shot since John Arne Riise played at Anfield at the Dane certainly would have been impressed with Moreno’s strike.

Bojan equalised for Stoke in the 22nd minute.

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