Liverpool finished the Premier League season in sixth after conceding five first-half goals to Stoke in an astonishing 6-1 defeat at the Britannia Stadium.
With Raheem Sterling’s contract discussions dominating the build up to the game, questions around Brendan Rodgers’ future will now come into sharper focus after a horror show at the Britannia Stadium.
After a lacklustre opening 20 minutes, which saw more yellow cards than shots on goal, the game burst into life when Mame Biram Diouf gave Stoke the lead with a six-yard rebound after Simon Mignolet palmed Charlie Adam’s shot straight into his path.
Eight minutes later and the home side were three up, with Diouf firing from 20 yards and Jon Walters profiting from a dreadful Emre Can mistake. It was only to get worse for Rodgers as former Liverpool player Adam rifled in a low drive from outside the area to make it four and Steven N’Zonzi curled a 25 yard pearler into the top corner on the stroke of half time.