Liverpool defender Aly Cissokho is confident that the Reds win at Stoke sends a strong message to their title rivals.
Cissokho's deflected effort opened the scoring at the Britannia before Liverpool went on to score five in a 5-3 win against the Potters, their first win at Stoke for 30 years.
Stoke have made the Britannia a fortress in recent seasons and beat Chelsea 3-2 with a last minute strike back in December.
Cissokho admitted that games at Stoke are always tough, telling Liverpool's official website that the club can take great heart from their fighting display in the second half at the Britannia.
The on-loan Valencia player said: “I think it’s a very strong message because it’s always very difficult to go away to Stoke and win. It was a very tough game.
“We were able to react after they levelled things up just before half-time. We showed that the team had the character to put in a great second half, keeping them down to just one goal and more importantly scoring three ourselves.
“They have some big strong players too, it’s a distinctive style, and that’s why I’ve often heard that a lot of the bigger clubs, the likes of Chelsea, really struggle when they play away at Stoke.”
The Merseyside team are currently fourth in the league, six points behind leaders Arsenal and have a few tough fixtures on the horizon as they go to Goodison Park to play Everton and welcome Arsenal to Anfield, both within the next month.
Liverpool haven't featured in the top four since the 2008-09 season when they finished second, four points behind Manchester United.
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