Liverpool 4, Stoke City 1: Jurgen Klopp surprised as makeshift Reds side runs riot

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Daniel Sturridge scored Liverpool's second goal after Bojan Krkic had equalised for Stoke (Source: Getty)

Liverpool 4, Stoke City 1

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admitted his surprise after an experimental Reds side revived their hopes of European qualification with a four-goal Premier League defeat of Stoke.

Substitute Divock Origi netted twice after full-back Alberto Moreno and striker Daniel Sturridge had scored for the hosts. Forward Bojan Krkic briefly dragged the visitors level.

“For a team that has never played together, it was brilliant,” said Klopp. “I thought we would have more problems. I thought it was a formation that could win, but not like this.”

Klopp made seven changes to the team that held his former club Borussia Dortmund to a 1-1 draw in Germany less than 72 hours earlier.

Victory lifted Liverpool above Stoke to eighth in the table, two points behind Southampton but with two games in hand.