Five things we learnt from Liverpool 4-1 Stoke

Liverpool NEEDED that win. The Reds were the big losers on Boxing Day as all of their major title rivals won, so the pressure was on as they knew defeat would leave them nine points adrift of leaders Chelsea heading into a titanic New Year’s Eve meeting with Manchester City.

And a win is what they got, but it certainly wasn’t plain sailing at Anfield. Indeed, Jurgen Klopp’s men fell behind to a Jonathan Walters header after 12 minutes, which was just reward for Stoke’s endeavour and quality in the opening phase of the game.

However, Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino put Liverpool back on track before half-time with two quick goals, before Giannelli Imbula diverted Divock Origi’s cross into his own net and Daniel Sturridge rounded Lee Grant to score after a horrendous back pass from Ryan Shawcross put him in one-on-one vs. the Potters stopper.

We learnt that Liverpool are still in the title race this season as they hang on behind Chelsea, and here are FIVE more lessons from their 4-1 win…