Daniel Sturridge, Simon Mignolet guide Liverpool FC to victory against Stoke

Liverpool's fluid forward line of Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho and debutant Iago Aspas impressed in the absence of the suspended Luis Suarez, but it was Mignolet who proved the hosts' saviour.

updated: August 17, 2013 19:47 IST
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London: Daniel Sturridge showed Liverpool can flourish without Luis Suarez as the striker's superb finish clinched a 1-0 victory over Stoke on the opening day of the new Premier League season.

Sturridge's first half winner at Anfield was the highlight of an enterprising display from Brendan Rodgers's team, who showed no signs of being affected by the absence of controversial striker Suarez.

Liverpool needed a last-minute penalty save from debutant Simon Mignolet, who kept out Jon Walters's spot-kick, to seal the points, but a draw would have been extremely harsh on the hosts after a dominant performance.

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