STOKE, England (AP) — Luis Suarez grabbed a brace and Daniel Sturridge came off the bench to score as Liverpool overcame defensive inadequacies to beat Stoke 5-3 in the Premier League on Sunday.
Liverpool, which claimed its first league win at the Britannia Stadium, first squandered a 2-0 lead when former Reds Peter Crouch and Charlie Adam canceled out Ryan Shawcross' own goal and Suarez's first strike.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard put his team back in front from the penalty spot after the interval before Suarez gave the visitors breathing space from Sturridge's assist.
Jonathan Walters pulled one back to ensure a nervous finish for the visitors before Sturridge, back from injury after nearly seven weeks out, rifled the ball into the back of the net.
After three successive league losses at Stoke, Liverpool went ahead in the fifth minute when Raheem Sterling flicked the ball to to Aly Cissokho, with the defender sending a powerful shot that took a deflection off Shawcross to wrongfoot goalkeeper Jack Butland.
The goal came despite Stoke having looked the better team in the opening stages, and Sterling created another good chance when he served up a perfect ball for Philippe Coutinho, but the Brazilian sent his effort from 20 meters over the bar.
Despite a good spell of pressure, Stoke struggled to keep the ball and Liverpool doubled its lead in the 32nd minute when Suarez capitalized on the hosts' poor defending to score his 21st league goal. After Marc Wilson headed back the ball toward his own goal, the Uruguay striker got behind Shawcross to catch it before showing his technique to beat Butland.