Coutinho nets ridiculous strike to push Liverpool past Stoke City

Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool Won't Make It Easy for Stoke This Time

Philippe Coutinho netted an absolutely silly goal in Sunday's match against Stoke City. With time winding down and the match knotted at nil-nil, the Liverpool midfielder reared up and fired a rocket shot from outside the box into the top right corner.

The go-ahead goal prevented Liverpool from being the latest top-tier team to suffer embarrassment during the EPL's opening weekend. On Saturday, Chelsea kissed its sister with Swansea City, ending the match at 2-2 (The Swans' first league point at Stamford Bridge since 1980). And earlier today, Arsenal's sterling wall collapsed against West Ham in a 2-0 defeat.

Liverpool's opening contest was quite competitive, as the Reds narrowly controlled the pitch – owning possession for 53% of the match. However, they outshot the opposition 8-7 (3-1 shots on goal), with none being more vital than Coutinho's dagger in the 86th minute.

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