English Premier League Report: Stoke City v Liverpool 29 November 2017

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes still angry with Martin Atkinson Liverpool decision

The 3-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool on Wednesday night leaves Stoke in a precarious position, only three points above West Ham United in the relegation zone and with the second-worst defensive record in the Premier League.

Liverpool led from Sadio Mane's 17th-minute strike before a six-minute brace off the bench from Mohamed Salah-a well-taken volley and a cool finish after a run on goal-sealed the victory.

Liverpool were lucky not to have been reduced to 10 men before the break when Simon Mignolet brought down Mame Biram Diouf, who was through on goal but the referee only showed the shot-stopper a yellow.

Should Mignolet have been sent off?

It was a clear goal scoring opportunity, as if not for the contact, Diouf had the simple task of rolling the ball into an empty net.

Mignolet, Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool fans can breathe a huge sigh of relief after the Belgian was able to stay on the pitch for the entirety of this match.

"There were two covering players in our shirt". There were two Liverpool players weren't there?

"I don't think that it looked like that for any of the Stoke fans".

At the weekend Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino effectively said they could not catch City, who are 13 points ahead of his side, but Klopp would not follow suit.

"That's the key moment in the game from our point of view", he said.

Hughes felt it was a pivotal incident with his side just starting to cause the visitors problems.

"They won (against Huddersfield) and as long as they win no-one else has a chance".

It is still very early days as the season is not even half over, however, Stoke must find a way to turn their fortunes around if themselves and their manager are to remain clear of surmounting pressure.

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