17 Aug '13, 2pm
Mignolet saves Liverpool win
Simon Mignolet celebrates saving Jonathan Walters penalty Simon Mignolet saved a late penalty as Liverpool defeated Stoke City 1-0 in the opening game of the Premier League season thanks to Daniel Sturridge's goal. It was an exciting match from the start and both sides had been denied by the woodwork by the time Sturridge broke the deadlock in the 37th minute with a powerful low strike from outside the area which fizzed into the bottom corner. Asmir Begovic had previously made a number of good saves to keep Stoke on level terms and continued to excel in the second half as Liverpool failed to make the most of several good chances in a manner very reminiscent of the past two seasons. There was still plenty to admire about Liverpool's fluency even in the absence of the banned Luis Suarez, as Begovic wonderfully denied Jordan Henderson and Steven Gerrard. Best of the match Man...