On this day in 2011 Luis Suarez scored on his Liverpool debut as the Reds beat Stoke 2-0.
As Liverpool got their post-Torres era at Anfield off to a start fans were concerned as to who could replace their talisman up front who had departed to rivals Chelsea in the January transfer window. Dutch striker and club hero Dirk Kuyt started up front for the Reds as Tony Pulis’ Stoke came to visit. The Potters came to Anfield looking to deal Liverpool their first home defeat under Kenny Dalglish since the Scotsman took charge of the Reds for the second time as caretaker manger on January 8th 2011.
The match got off to a slow start with the breakthrough not coming until the 47th minute as in-form Portuguese midfield man, Raul Miereles, netted his third goal in four games to put Liverpool 1-0 up on the night. A substitution just past the hour mark saw Fabio Aurelio make way for debutant Luis Suarez, much to the delight of the Anfield crowd, eager to see just how good their Fernando Torres’ replacement was. Suarez got his life at Liverpool off to a flying start, scoring just 15 minutes into his debut, latching onto a Kuyt flick, rounding Bosnian keeper Asmir Begovic and placing his shot into the net, much to the frustration of Stoke man Andy Wilkinson whose sliding clearance could only help the ball into the net off the post. The match ended 2-0 as Dalglish’s Liverpool won their third match in a row, keeping a clean sheet in as many matches as they looked to remedy their uncharacteristically poor first half of the season.