Stoke's relegation from the Premier League was confirmed after a crushing 2-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Xherdan Shaqiri put the Potters ahead with a brilliant free-kick in the 43rd minute but James McArthur levelled for Palace after half-time.
Patrick van Aanholt then capitalised on a defensive error to score
Mo Salah came off the bench to score twice and secure an ultimately comfortable victory for Liverpool over Stoke that moves Jurgen Klopp's side up to fifth.
Senegal winger Sadio Mane gave the Reds a controversial early lead, dinking the ball into the net after a marginal linesman's call.
Stoke believed Liverpool
Stoke striker Peter Crouch has signed a one-year contract extension which will keep him at the club until 2019.
The 36-year-old, who has 42 England caps, is the club's top scorer this season with four, even though all nine of his Premier League appearances so far have come from the bench.
Manchester City will look to maintain their lead at the top of the Premier League table as they host Stoke City this weekend.
A win over Chelsea ahead of the international break solidifed their place as title favourites, and the two-week break from domestic action has allowed some of their star
Two goals each for Sergio Aguero and Nolito secured a 4-1 win for Man City against Stoke at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Aguero continued his fine start to the season with his fifth and sixth goals of the campaign to put the visitors in control at half-time.
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Here's a round up of some stats from Saturday's Premier League...
Hull City 2-1 Leicester City
Leicester City were the first reigning top-flight champions to lose their opening game of the following league season since Arsenal in 1989/90 - the Gunners lost 1-4 away at Manchester United on August 19, 1989.
Louis van Gaal admitted his job is becoming "more difficult" after Manchester United's 2-0 defeat at Stoke and suggested he could decide to walk out.
The under-pressure Dutchman has seen his side drop out of the Premier League's top four and out of the Champions League, and they suffered a fourth
Stoke increased the pressure on Louis van Gaal as Manchester United suffered a fourth straight defeat in all competitions thanks to a 2-0 loss at the Britannia Stadium.
Speculation over Van Gaal's future at Old Trafford had intensified before Christmas and his plight was not helped by first-half strikes from Bojan
Louis van Gaal is not giving up hope of Manchester United winning the Premier League but concedes they need to get back to winning ways against Stoke.
United head to the Britannia Stadium on Boxing Day on a run of three successive defeats that has led to increased speculation about Van
Sunderland winger Adam Johnson has been charged with three offences of sexual activity with a child under 16 and one of grooming.
Johnson was initially arrested on Monday March 2 and was charged after he answered his police bail on Thursday at Peterlee police station.
The charge was confirmed by Durham Police
Stoke manager Mark Hughes has welcomed Peter Odemwingie back to training but has also revealed that Marc Muniesa has suffered a hamstring injury.
Hughes, who has already lost Victor Moses for the season with a hamstring injury, is now set to be without Spanish central defender Muniesa for the foreseeable future.
Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points after a 2-1 win over Stoke in which they were given a scare by Charlie Adam’s 59-yard strike.
Eden Hazard gave Chelsea the lead from the penalty spot in the 39th minute after Philipp Wollscheid’s late challenge
Stoke manager Mark Hughes has signed a new contract with the club which runs until the summer of 2018.
Hughes revealed back in January he was in talks with the club over a new deal, with his existing contract due to run out at the end of next season.
The former Manchester
Scott Sinclair scored his first goal for Aston Villa in a 2-1 win over Leicester to send them through to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
Leandro Bacuna's fine effort in the 68th minute opened the scoring for the home side after a goalless first half, with new boss Tim Sherwood
A Joshua King hat-trick, Rudy Gestede's penalty and a red card for Geoff Cameron helped give Blackburn Rovers a Premier League scalp in the FA Cup with a 4-1 home win over Stoke City.
Stoke led after 10 minutes through Peter Crouch’s eighth goal of the season and they had the