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REFILE-Soccer-Resurgent Liverpool fight back to thrash Stoke
December 27, 2016 / 7:34 PM / a year ago

REFILE-Soccer-Resurgent Liverpool fight back to thrash Stoke

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* Liverpool came from behind to beat Stoke 4-1 at Anfield

* Walters gave the visitors the lead with a near-post header

* Lallana and Firmino put Liverpool ahead by halftime

* Imbula own-goal and Sturridge strike sealed Liverpool win

* Stoke’s 57-year winless run at Anfield continued

* Liverpool next host Manchester City; Stoke visit leaders Chelsea LIVERPOOL 4 STOKE CITY 1

Dec 27 (Reuters) - Liverpool celebrated their third Premier League victory in a row as an inspired performance gave them a 4-1 home success over Stoke City after they fell behind early on in an entertaining clash at Anfield on Tuesday.

Adam Lallana, Roberto Firmino, a Giannelli Imbula own goal and a strike from substitute Daniel Sturridge lifted Liverpool back into second place, six points behind leaders Chelsea, after Jonathan Walters headed the visitors in front after 12 minutes.

The home side, who had dominated possession, equalised when the lively Lallana scored from a tight angle and Firmino turned the tide with a low shot that went in after hitting both posts.

A pair of defensive howlers by Stoke helped Liverpool seal the victory after the break as Imbula turned a Divock Origi cross into his own net before Sturridge pounced on a poor back pass by Ryan Shawcross and slotted the ball home. (Writing by Zoran Milosavljevic; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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