• Liverpool avenge the humiliating 6-1 defeat suffered on the final day of the 2014/15 season thanks to moment of brilliance from Philippe Coutinho
  • Glen Johnson faces his former club for the first time
  • Mark Hughes hands debuts to Marco van Ginkel and Ibrahim Afellay at the Britannia Stadium
  • Joe Gomez, Nathaniel Clyne, James Milner and Christian Benteke start for Liverpool, Roberto Firmino comes off the bench
  • Xherdan Shaqiri spotted in the stands before possible Stoke move
Philippe Coutinho
Philippe Coutinho produced a moment of real quality to cap an otherwise uneventful afternoon in the Potteries AFP

That is all we have for you today. Thanks for joining us for the first weekend of the 2015/16 Premier League season.

Manchester City, fresh from handing manager Manuel Pellegrini a new one-year contract extension on Friday, travel to West Brom tomorrow night. Until then, enjoy the rest of your weekend.


Far from a vintage performance for Liverpool, but Rodgers will not mind that one jot with an opening three points safely in the bag. The 'redemption' aspect of today's fixture was perhaps exaggerated by some, but there is no doubt that victory will taste all the more sweet given how badly they were beaten on their last visit to the Britannia.

Positives to take from the afternoon for Hughes and Stoke too. They stifled their opponents for long spells and even looked the more likely to score at times, but were ultimately undone by a classy finish from a special player.



Stoke 0-1 Liverpool


Coutinho was actually about to be replaced before that special goal. Ings' introduction not required after all.


That strike looks better with every new viewing. A moment of brilliance from Coutinho.

Three minutes of added time for Stoke to find an equaliser.


The most lacklustre of matches is brightened up by a trademark moment of magic from Coutinho.

After receiving possession from Gomez, the Brazilian shows strength to bely his slender frame and turns Sidwell before unleashing a fantastic right-footed strike.

Butland got his fingertips to it, but he was never likely to keep it out. Will that prove to be the winner?


Goal: Stoke 0-1 Liverpool (Philippe Coutinho)


A moment of uncertainty for Liverpool as Odemwingie's free-kick bounces in the six-yard box but eventually goes wide. Johnson then cuts inside from the right-flank and crosses for Diouf. His header is deflected wide by Clyne for a corner.

Mignolet claims.


Walters' ball sets up Van Ginkel but his shot is blocked. 10 minutes remaining and a stalemate looks the most likely outcome.


Composed defending on Geoff Cameron's part to stop Benteke picking up an enticing through ball. A vital intervention on the edge of the penalty area.

Coutinho crashes a long-range volley hopelessly over Butland's crossbar and it's a first Premier League outing for Firmino as he comes on for Ibe.

Two final changes from Stoke too as Peter Odemwingie and Steve Sidwell replace Afellay and Adam.


A moment of ingenuity from Milner as he exchanges passes with Jordon Ibe before chipping a lovely ball into the path of Henderson.

Rather than crossing low to pick out Benteke, however, the Liverpool captain tries to cushion a volleyed pass to the back post and the chance goes begging.

Adam in the book for scything down Henderson.


Better from Liverpool as Benteke tries to work space for a shot after strong running from Coutinho. Skrtel connects with a Milner corner but Butland makes a comfortable if somewhat overtheatrical save.


Jack Butland, looking to establish himself as the permanent number one at Stoke following the sale of Asmir Begovic to Chelsea, is called into action as he saves Lovren's effort following a free-kick.

At the other end, a set-piece delivery from Adam evades every outfield player in the box and Mignolet has to turn it round the post.

Gomez is in the book for a foul on Walters. The strong 18-year-old is being given a tough introduction to life in the Premier League.


Attacking options on the bench for Stoke too in the likes of Stephen Ireland, Peter Odemwingie, new recruit Joselu and the evergreen Peter Crouch.

Liverpool do make their first change, but it's Emre Can who takes to the pitch in place of Lallana.


Approaching the hour mark and this match is yet to spark into life. You wonder if Rodgers will be content with a draw given the horrors of Liverpool's last visit to this ground or if he intends to push for victory by introducing the likes of Firmino and Ings.


One or two rushed clearances creating some unnecessary panic in the Liverpool defence.

Van Ginkel attempts to release Walters but he does not watch the line and is whistled for offside.


Diouf hits the deck after clashing with Dejan Lovren and the Croatian centre-back is booked for a flailing elbow.


An early sight of goal in the second half for Van Ginkel but his shot is easily gathered by Mignolet.


The players are back out on the pitch and the second half is now underway. No changes for Liverpool at the break, but Stoke have been forced to withdraw Pieters. Philipp Wollscheid on.


A quiet first half draws to a close. We have had just one shot on target and even half-chances have been at a premium.

Stoke have looked the more settled and capable team after a positive start from Liverpool, but they have not created much apart from Johnson's miscued shot.

Afellay looking tidy for Stoke.



Stoke 0-0 Liverpool


Quite a claustrophobic feel to this game with neither side allowing the other any space whatsoever, and that is leading to something of a feisty atmosphere with Adam Lallana getting involved with Van Ginkel.


Two minutes of added time at the end of the first half but it looks like these two sides are going to head in at the break at 0-0.


Medical attention required for Afellay after he comes off second best from an aerial challenge with Milner. Liverpool actually win the free-kick, but the Stoke man landed very awkwardly indeed.