It was a game with little riding on its outcome but one that would pay its respects to a club legend; a home-grown lad playing for the side he supported as a boy before departing for pastures new at the end of the season.
Step forward Andy Wilkinson, a breed of player all too uncommon in football these days and one who enjoyed a well-deserved ovation before watching his teammates decimate Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool side 6-1.
It was a scoreline that made football fans across the world take a second...
Stoke boss Mark Hughes was delighted with the manner of the club's 6-1 demolition of Liverpool as they finished in ninth place.
In his two years in charge, Hughes has guided the club to back-to-back top-10 finishes in the Premier League for the first time.
Stoke blitzed their hosts in a 23-minute spell from the middle of the first half, with Mame Diouf (two), Jon Walters, Charlie Adam and Steven Nzonzi putting them 5-0 up before the break.
Substitute Peter Crouch rounded off the scoring late on after...