PETER CROUCH insists Stoke City can draw positives from their defeat at the hands of high-flying Liverpool.
Crouch bagged his sixth goal of the season as the Potters were beaten 5-3 by Brendan Rodgers' side in an enthralling contest at the Britannia Stadium.
City came from 2-0 down to level matters but the game hinged on the award of a controversial penalty early in the second half following Marc Wilson's challenge on Raheem Sterling and the visitors went on to bag maximum points.
Crouch, though naturally disappointed with the outcome, believes Mark Hughes' men can take inspiration from aspects of their display against the Merseysiders.
He told Stoke City Player: "We gave some sloppy goals away which is disappointing but the all-round effort was there. We scored three goals and we could have had more.
"Liverpool are fantastic going forward; they seem to rotate well and have a lot of pace. They were always going to pose a threat and so it proved but I think we gave away some sloppy goals and made it easy for them at times.
"But I thought our all-round work-rate was fantastic and there are a lot of plus-points to come out of the game - we scored three goals and looked a real threat at times."
Crouch scored Stoke's first goal of the afternoon - and their first headed goal of the Premier League campaign - as he directed a Marko Arnautovic cross beyond the reach of Simon Mignolet.
He added: "It was a great ball by Marko. I've always said that if the delivery is right I'll score goals and the delivery was right on a number of occasions today. When we cross the ball like that we're always going to be a threat.
"It was great to get on the score-sheet but disappointing to be on the wrong end of a result like that."