Liverpool FC ran out three nil winners at the Bet365 stadium. The game was quite slow with both sides trying to gain control early on. Neither keeper had a save to make in the first 15 minutes. The Reds found themselves a goal ahead in the 17th minute when Dominic Solanke played Sadio Mane through and he finished the move by chipping Stock City goalkeeper Lee Grant.
The 25-year-old, whose last goal came on August 27 against Arsenal had been struggling in front of goal since his dismissal against Manchester City. The Senegal international rediscovered his scoring form with a delightful finish ending his Premier League goal-drought.
Nine minutes later Oxlade-Chamberlain had a long-range shot saved by Grant. The Stock keeper made another good save in the 38th minutes from Solanke when put through by Firmino. While Stock pressed for an equaliser, Liverpool had the better chances.
In the 40th minutes, Simon Mignolet should consider himself fortunate to stay on the pitch after he fouled Mame Biram Diouf when clean through on goal, on another day and another match he could easily have been given the red card. However, referee Martin Atkinson awarded Stock a free-kick and the Liverpool goalkeeper a yellow card.
Just before the break, Solanke released Mané with a wonderful through ball but he could only hit the post with his effort.
In the 48th minute Stock came very close to equalising, when Shaqiri put in a good cross from the right, Diouf and Lovren challenged in the air and the ball fell kindly to Joe Allen, the former Liverpool players shot was blocked by Lovren and went out for a corner.
In the 66th minutes Liverpool made two changes, on came Salah and Milner for Solanke and Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The Reds made it 2-0 in the 77th minute when goal scorer Mane assisted in the second goal with a good cross to Salah who calmly volleyed his finish past Grant. Six minutes later Emre Can played a ball over the top for Salah to chase the Liverpool man got the best of defender Pieters in a one on one race to score his second goal making it 3-0.
This was a good solid performance by the Reds who take all three points away from home as well as keeping a clean sheet.
Watch Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp post-match press conference below.