Liverpool’s Aly Cissokho: Beating Stoke sent message to title rivals

Liverpool left-back Aly Cissokho believes the Reds sent a strong message to their rivals after beating Stoke

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Brendan Rodgers

Aly Cissokho believes Liverpool sent a strong message to their Premier League title rivals following a rare win at Stoke City.

The Reds secured their first victory at the Potters in 30 years after Luis Suarez scored twice in a 5-3 win last weekend.

I think it [beating Stoke] is a very strong message

Aly Cissokho

Cissokho’s deflected strike had opened the scoring against the Potters, and the left-back, who is on a season-long loan from Valencia, hailed the win.

“I think it’s a very strong message because it’s always very difficult to go away to Stoke and win,” Cissokho said. “It was a very tough game.

“We were able to react after they levelled things up just before half-time. We showed that the team had the character to put in a great second half, keeping them down to just one goal and more importantly scoring three ourselves.

“It was more about recovering our mental focus. It’s difficult to go back into the dressing room having conceded the equaliser just seconds before the break. Stoke were on a high and they’d been really driven on by their supporters throughout that period.

“In that half it had been raining, they’d been playing the long ball a lot, and the way they play is not so common, and it really surprised me.

“They have some big strong players too, it’s a distinctive style, and that’s why I’ve often heard that a lot of the bigger clubs, the likes of Chelsea, really struggle when they play away at Stoke.”

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