Photography by Ray Chan

Premier League, May 24 2015

Stoke City 6
  • Diouf (22, 26)
  • Walters (30)
  • Adam (41)
  • Nzonzi (45)
  • Crouch (86)
Liverpool 1
  • Gerrard (70)

Entering the final day of the 2014/15 Premier League season, Stoke City, managed by Mark Hughes, required victory at home to Liverpool to secure their highest Premier League points total. The visitors, under then-head coach Brendan Rodgers, had struggled to match the form of the previous season’s title challenge and were already out of contention for qualification for the Champions League. Instead, the focus for the visitors lay squarely on their captain Steven Gerrard, for whom the fixture represented his last as a player on British shores. He continues to be considered perhaps the finest in Liverpool’s history.

Gerrard eventually managed to score a farewell goal in front of the travelling fans, but a team also featuring Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson was otherwise outplayed and outfought in a chastening 6-1 defeat. In an exclusive Masterclass with The Coaches’ Voice, Hughes reveals the key selections and tactical decisions that inspired a victory in which numerous players with a Liverpool connection – including Charlie Adam, Peter Crouch and Jon Walters – made significant contributions.

Starting teams and formations

Mark Hughes

From Ewood to the Etihad

Mark Hughes, QPR’s manager that day, revisits what it was like to be in the opposing dugout when Manchester City won the title, and his time with City and Blackburn
Brendan Rodgers

Green king

Brendan Rodgers revisits the path that took him from Liverpool, where he almost won the Premier League, to a record-breaking season at Celtic
Mark Hughes

Raising the bar

Mark Hughes, the former Wales, Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Fulham and Southampton manager, revisits the impressive job he did at Stoke City