Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers praised Philippe Coutinho’s “phenomenal strike” as the Reds beat Stoke City 1-0 on Sunday.
The Merseysiders were beaten 6-1 on the final day of the 2014/15 season but they avenged the defeat with the help of Coutinho whose cannon-strike beat the Potters' shotstopper Jack Butland.
However, after the tie at the Britannia, Rodgers praised his side’s resilience as they secured three points.
“When you come away from home to Stoke, you know it’s always going to be a tough game, every game in the Premier League is a tough game so you have to ensure that you can weather any storm that there is,” said the Northern Irishman.
“We didn’t have too many chances or opportunities against us but you’ve still got to defend because they have so many outstanding players. Then you grow into the game but it’s important to defend it well. We know we have the quality to win games.
“It was a wonderful strike and we’ve seen so many of those from outside the box. His first part was outstanding.
“He rolled the player really well, got away from him with his speed and then hit the shot which was a phenomenal strike and a great goal to win the game.”