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Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah see Liverpool past limited Stoke

Some of Liverpool’s victories this season have been devastating displays of attacking football, the sort that make you glad to be a football fan. This wasn’t one of those, a victory of solid efficiency rather than rampant flair, but it will be no less valuable. A first-half goal from Sadio Mané and a late brace from substitute Mohamed Salah were enough for Liverpool to win this one, a win over a Stoke side who were utterly desperate, even by their reasonably low standards this season.

Jürgen Klopp got creative with his starting line-up again, making six changes from the team that drew with Chelsea at the weekend, including giving a first Premier League start to the young forward Dominic Solanke. For Stoke, Crouch began his new one-year contract by coming back into the starting XI against one of his former clubs.

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