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Coutinho, Firmino inspire Liverpool comeback over Stoke

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Frederick Owens | 09 April, 2017, 05:17

And breathe. Anyway, here's my player ratings.

They have only won one top-flight game outside of the city of Liverpool since October - the 3-0 win at Middlesbrough on 14 December. The Brazilians were sick and exhausted, respectively, but fortunately for Liverpool, they were up to delivering a second-half rescue act at the Bet365 Stadium. "He's had a lot of criticism in his Liverpool career, so to show this ... sometimes these are the moments you need as a player".

70' - GOAL - Coutinho grabs the equaliser for Liverpool!

Liverpool XI: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Matip, Milner, Can, Wijnaldum, Alexander-Arnold, Woodburn, Origi. Was outmuscled by Arnautovic continually across his 45 minutes on the field, however, and it was a necessary change. I thought it was again a header in the first post area.

Remained keen second half, often on the break, as Stoke went from defending a lead to chasing a deficit. Driving runs from deep, crunching tackles, smart passes and intelligent through balls... We couldn't train it, that's what everybody could see.

"We felt even after a not good first half we felt kind of confident".

Stoke manager Mark Hughes: "With the quality of opposition we have been up against in the last couple of weeks, you can argue this run of fixtures has been the most hard we've had this season".

That Liverpool turned the game so spectacularly is not to belittle the two teenagers they replaced.

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"We knew we have problems today, but it's not about moaning about the problems". Did still manage to grab an assist for Firmino's thunderbolt. No surprise really, given he's 17.

Mane went down during a game against Everton last weekend.

Firmino beat the offside trap to race on to a lofted through-ball over the top before lashing a stunning first-time volley past Grant and into the top corner. While he improved after the break, he looked exhausted and sluggish for much of his 65 minutes. Between Coutinho and Firmino, they got on and changed the game completely.

FC's Steve Nicol takes aim at Liverpool's struggles against teams below them in the Premier League table.

Stoke had too much control of the ball in the first half and were allowed to play their game with too much ease but were backed into a corner in the second half.

Roberto Firmino: 8 - What.

"It's absolutely massive", Klopp told journalists afterwards.

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