Jurgen Klopp elected to rest most of his first team players against Stoke City in the Premier League this weekend, with the second leg clash against Borussia Dortmund on the back of his mind.
In the second half, however, Klopp struck gold when he decided to introduce Divock Origi to partner Daniel Sturridge up front. This change was made with the game set at 2-1 to Liverpool, meaning there was all to play for.
The partnership between Sturridge and Origi was too much for Stoke to handle when the Belgian made an instant impact heading home from a James Milner cross following a corner.
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The movement of the two strikers confused the Stoke defence and it was Origi's direct approach that proved to be decisive not long after his first goal. He picked the ball up from Alberto Moreno out wide on the left before turning and dribbling at Stoke full back, Phil Bardsley. Turning inside to swing in a cross for his strike partner, his curling delivery found it's way into the far post taking the score to 4-1.
Stoke's frustration began to show towards the end of the fixture as captain Ryan Shawcross kicked out at Origi after a chase towards the corner flag, for which he deservedly received a yellow card.
The Potters' left-back Erik Pieters was later subbed by manager Mark Hughes for what seemed to be an argument with the bench.
Klopp has hinted that he intends to use this partnership over the next few weeks as it demonstrated to be too much for Stoke yesterday afternoon.
On another note, reserve players Kevin Stewart, a free transfer from Tottenham Hotspur, made his first Premier League start for Liverpool and youngster Sheyi Ojo also started his first league match during which he assisted Sturridge's goal with a clever cross after knocking the ball past Xherdan Shaqiri.
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