LIVE: Liverpool v Stoke - follow the opening match of the new Premier League season as it happened from Anfield
Liverpool passed Stoke out of the game for the bulk of the game and got the breakthrough before half-time.
But Stoke came out fighting in the second half.
Mark Hughes' team threw everything at Liverpool's defence before they won a penalty through a Daniel Agger handball. Jon Walters stepped up for Stoke but Mignolet parried it away before Kenwyne Jones saw his rebound attempt denied.
In the end, Sturridge's long-range strike was enough to secure the victory as Liverpool were unable to extend their lead - no thanks to in-form Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.