Stoke 0 Liverpool 1 player ratings: Christian Benteke, Nathanial Clyne, Joe Gomez and James Milner make debuts - who was best

A look at the individual performances at the Britannia Stadium

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Liverpool avenged their 6-1 mauling on the final day of last season with a 1-0 victory over Stoke on the first day of the new campaign.

Brendan Rodgers handed four players their full Liverpool debuts for the Premier League meeting at the Britannia Stadium. Christian Benteke, Nathanial Clyne, Joe Gomez and James Milner were all in the side.

But it was Philippe Coutinho that made the all important impact, scoring an absolute stunner in the dying minutes of an ultimately low quality contest.

In the build up to the season there's been much buzz around Stoke with hopes that this season could be impressive. But that was quelled by the Brazilian's curling effort.

Here, we take a look at the individual performances and analyse which of the debutants made the biggest impact.

 

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