What a shambles. Stoke City ran out 6-1 winners at the Britannia Stadium, condemning us to a sixth place finish in the Premier League and leaving Brendan Rodgers and co with a lot of explaining to do.
Mame Biram Diouf (2), Jon Walters, Charlie Adam and Steven N’Zonzi gave the home side an extraordinary 5-0 half-time lead. The Reds were better after the break – it was hard not to be – with Steven Gerrard pulling one back, but there was still time for former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch to complete our humiliation just before the end.
Brace yourself… Read the full Liverpool player ratings below:
GK) Simon Mignolet – 5/10
More often than not, he was criminally let down by his defenders. However, any goalkeeper that concedes six times is unlikely to be totally blameless. The Belgian will definitely think he should have done better.
RB) Emre Can – 3/10 (Toure – 46′)
The German has had an excellent season but he was given a torrid afternoon here, before being replaced at half-time. Marko Arnautovic tore him a part on our right-hand side, while he gifted Walters his goal with a poor pass.
CB) Martin Skrtel – 5/10
Skrtel was far from his best today – although no one played well – getting overrun more often than not as Stoke charged forward. He threw himself into challenges with his usual gusto but could do little to prevent the result.
CB) Mamadou Sakho – 4/10
Completely lost Crouch for Stoke’s sixth goal and looked uncomfortable throughout the game. Can perhaps be slightly more easily forgiven than his teammates, having only just returned from two months out injured.
LB) Alberto Moreno – 3/10 (Ibe – 46′)
Was completely pinned back by Stoke’s attacking prowess and was prevented from getting forward at all on the left-hand side. He was practically bullied by the home side’s physicality and he was withdrawn at the break.