Thursday, 3rd February 2011 

Liverpool saw off the challenge of Stoke City at Anfield last night to further cement their position in the top seven of the Premier League. A 2-0 win was enough to keep the Reds just five points behind fifth placed Tottenham Hotspur and bring them to only two behind sixth placed Sunderland.

Portuguese star Raul Meireles put Liverpool ahead, driving home a shot after just two minutes of the second half. And despite Stoke performing well, Liverpool then experienced more delight as new £23M signing Luis Suarez saw his effort head into the net, an Andy Wilkinson lunge not able to prevent it. 2-0 was how it stayed and the performance of Suarez especially left Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish delighted.

"Luis hasn’t even had the opportunity to train with us", revealed the Scotsman after the game. "Because the administrative stuff had to be sorted out, he hadn’t trained with the boys. He got his work permit yesterday and was in the squad tonight, so when he starts training with the lads I think we may see a wee improvement", joked Dalglish.

Next up for Liverpool is a testing clash away to Chelsea were they will meet old boy Fernando Torres. If Dalglish could conjure a win at Stamford Bridge, then a top four spot, which seemed all but gone, may once again be on the agenda.


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