Rodgers savours Reds revenge

09 August 2015 14:11:49 EST
Philippe Coutinho was Liverpool's match-winner at Stoke.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admitted there was an extra satisfaction at his sides opening victory over Stoke after what happened to them last season.

The Reds ended the last campaign with a 6-1 thumping at the Britannia Stadium at the hands of Mark Hughes' team but they avenged that courtesy of Philippe Coutinho's stunning long-range strike.

The game appeared destined to finish scoreless with both teams struggling to make any impact in the final third throughout.

To get the win after what happened here last season was even more important.

Brendan Rodgers

Five minutes from the end that all changed when Coutinho spun away from Steve Sidwell midway inside the Stoke half before scampering towards goal and unleashing an unstoppable right-footed shot from 30 yards out that flew beyond  Jack Butland into the top corner.

It gave Liverpool all three points and a decent platform for the new season and Rodgers says it was important for his players to demonstrate that they carried no scars from the 6-1 defeat three months ago.

"To get the win after what happened here last season was even more important. We showed great character and determination as a team and our quality came through," said the Reds boss afterwards.

"I always felt last season's result at Stoke was a one-off. It was a poor day and it was important for us to come here and get a result. The players can put that behind them now and focus on moving forward."

Liverpool welcome Bournemouth to Anfield in their second league game, with Rodgers' side 8/15 to maintain their winning start.

The Anfield side are 1000/1 to finish in the top four this season and 5000/1 to win the Premier League.

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