Stoke 1 - 0 Liverpool
Stoke ended Liverpool's unbeaten start to the season thanks to Jonathan Walters' first-half penalty.
Walters went to ground in a tussle for the ball with Jamie Carragher and blasted home the resulting spot-kick.
Ryan Shawcross blocked a Luis Suarez effort with the Uruguayan prominent in Liverpool's attempts to draw level.
After the break Jordan Henderson should have equalised when he broke clear, while Suarez missed an open goal at the very end after an Asmir Begovic error.
Craig Bellamy came on to make his first appearance for Liverpool in his second spell for the club but the Welshman was unable to change the course of the game although he went close with a header.
Bellamy was introduced at the same time as Andy Carroll, who never really threatened a Stoke defence that was superb throughout, with Shawcross outstanding.
While Shawcross marshalled the Stoke rearguard, Walters' goal and performance overshadowed team-mate Peter Crouch, who was making his debut for the Potters against his former club.
After a promising start to the game, particularly in winning a number of free-kicks, Crouch faded and when Kenwyne Jones came on in the second half the former Spurs striker ran over to the bench only to realise that he was not being withdrawn.
Liverpool held steady under an early cumulative bombardment of free-kicks and Rory Delap's throws until the 20th minute.
Then the visitors' defence buckled when Carragher and Walters challenged one another in the box and with the Stoke forward going to ground, referee Mark Clattenburg was quick to award the penalty.
Walters crashed his spot-kick down the middle of the goal with Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina diving to the right.
Both before and after Walters' goal Suarez carried Liverpool's main threat, with his movement and trickery giving Stoke all sorts of problems.
The Uruguayan flashed a shot over the bar in the opening stages of the game and then almost got a connection on the ball following a Charlie Adam corner.
Just after Walters' penalty Suarez was only denied a goal after Shawcross threw himself at the ball after Begovic had been unable to hold Henderson's cross.
Suarez then wriggled free down the left and crossed for Martin Skrtel who was unable to hit the ball cleanly under pressure from Matthew Etherington.
Henderson should have equalised when he broke clear in the second half after Luis Enrique threatened a pass through to the former Sunderland midfielder.
That he did not was due to sterling work by Begovic, who saved Henderson's effort, then quickly got up to save the rebound and was just as sprightly in getting back to his line to beat away an Adam shot.
Shortly afterwards Henderson and Kuyt were withdrawn with Carroll and Bellamy coming on, while Wilson Palacios also came on to make his Stoke debut.
The second half was played almost entirely in the Stoke half, but the likes of Matthew Upson, Shawcross and Begovic held firm under enormous Liverpool pressure.
Shawcross did well to get the ball ahead of Suarez as Stewart Downing crossed for the Uruguayan, while another cross from the Liverpool winger reached Bellamy at the far post but he headed his effort wide.
Late on Suarez claimed a penalty, arguing that Upson had handled the ball, while the former Ajax man should have secured a point for the visitors only to skew his shot wide with the goal at his mercy.
- 01 Begovic
- 04 Huth (Wilkinson - 64' )
- 17 Shawcross
- 20 Upson
- 12 Wilson
- 16 Pennant
- 18 Whitehead
- 24 Delap (Palacios - 71' )
- 26 Etherington (Jones - 68' )
- 19 Walters
- 25 Crouch
- 29 Sorensen
- 28 Wilkinson
- 30 Shotton
- 06 Whelan
- 40 Palacios
- 09 Jones
- 33 Jerome
- 25 Reina
- 03 Jose Enrique
- 05 Agger
- 23 Carragher
- 37 Skrtel (Johnson - 81' )
- 14 Henderson (Bellamy - 67' )
- 19 Downing
- 21 Lucas
- 26 Adam
- 07 Suarez Booked
- 18 Kuyt (Carroll - 67' )
- 32 Doni
- 02 Johnson
- 16 Coates
- 11 Maxi
- 20 Spearing
- 09 Carroll
- 39 Bellamy
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.90:00 +4:45
Free kick awarded for a foul by Sanchez Jose Enrique on Jermaine Pennant. Jermaine Pennant takes the direct free kick.90:00 +4:07
Shot by Luis Suarez from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.90:00 +3:44
The ball is sent over by Stewart Downing, Andy Wilkinson makes a clearance.90:00 +2:48
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kenwyne Jones on Leiva Lucas. Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.90:00 +0:44 Booking
Booking Luis Suarez receives a yellow card for dissent.90:00 +0:05
Corner from right by-line taken by Charlie Adam.88:50
Matthew Upson fouled by Andy Carroll, the ref awards a free kick. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.88:04
Foul by Ryan Shawcross on Craig Bellamy, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.87:22
Stewart Downing sends in a cross, Craig Bellamy has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.87:07
Centre by Craig Bellamy, clearance by Marc Wilson.86:48
Craig Bellamy sends in a cross, clearance by Ryan Shawcross.85:35
Stewart Downing produces a cross, clearance by Andy Wilkinson. Craig Bellamy decides to take a short corner, Andy Carroll takes a shot. Kenwyne Jones gets a block in.83:28
The ball is swung over by Stewart Downing, clearance by Ryan Shawcross. Short corner worked by Stewart Downing, Effort on goal by Stewart Downing from just inside the area clears the bar.83:09
The ball is sent over by Kenwyne Jones, clearance made by Daniel Agger.81:27
Centre by Jermaine Pennant.80:39 Substitution
Substitution Martin Skrtel goes off and Glen Johnson comes on.80:39
Effort from just outside the box by Daniel Agger goes over the bar.79:35
Unfair challenge on Daniel Agger by Andy Wilkinson results in a free kick. Charlie Adam restarts play with the free kick.78:33
Luis Suarez takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic. Short corner taken by Craig Bellamy from the left by-line.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Stewart Downing from the right by-line to the near post, Peter Crouch makes a clearance.75:36
Craig Bellamy crosses the ball.74:55
Craig Bellamy crosses the ball, Ryan Shawcross manages to make a clearance.69:57 Substitution
Substitution Wilson Palacios joins the action as a substitute, replacing Rory Delap.69:57
The ball is swung over by Jermaine Pennant.69:15
A cross is delivered by Craig Bellamy, Stewart Downing takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save.68:42
Peter Crouch takes a shot. Jamie Carragher gets a block in.67:54
Unfair challenge on Andy Carroll by Matthew Upson results in a free kick. Charlie Adam takes the direct free kick.66:05
Jose Reina takes the indirect free kick.66:05 Substitution
Substitution Kenwyne Jones comes on in place of Matthew Etherington.66:05 Substitution
Substitution Jordan Henderson leaves the field to be replaced by Craig Bellamy.66:05 Substitution
Substitution Andy Carroll on for Dirk Kuyt.66:05
The offside flag is raised against Jermaine Pennant.63:39 Substitution
Substitution Robert Huth leaves the field to be replaced by Andy Wilkinson.63:39
Shot by Jordan Henderson from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.61:40
Charlie Adam takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.61:40
Charlie Adam takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Shawcross.62:01
Corner taken short by Charlie Adam.61:01
Jordan Henderson takes a shot. Blocked by Asmir Begovic. Jordan Henderson takes a shot. Asmir Begovic gets a block in. Jordan Henderson takes a shot. Blocked by Asmir Begovic.59:55
Jordan Henderson concedes a free kick for a foul on Dean Whitehead. Jermaine Pennant takes the free kick.58:59
The assistant referee signals for offside against Jermaine Pennant. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.57:28
A cross is delivered by Sanchez Jose Enrique.57:00
Charlie Adam fouled by Jermaine Pennant, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.56:10
Foul by Charlie Adam on Dean Whitehead, free kick awarded. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.55:22
Peter Crouch gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Skrtel. Charlie Adam restarts play with the free kick.52:50
Leiva Lucas takes a shot. Robert Huth gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam from the left by-line to the near post, Marc Wilson makes a clearance.52:19
The assistant referee flags for offside against Peter Crouch. Jamie Carragher takes the indirect free kick.51:10
Corner from the left by-line taken by Jermaine Pennant, Jordan Henderson makes a clearance.47:24
The ball is swung over by Rory Delap, Jamie Carragher manages to make a clearance.45:01
The game restarts for the second half.45:00 +2:21 Half time
Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.45:00 +1:50
Martin Skrtel challenges Matthew Etherington unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Robert Huth.45:00 +0:50
Free kick awarded for a foul by Dean Whitehead on Charlie Adam. Charlie Adam takes the free kick.44:16
Rory Delap gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Suarez. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Charlie Adam.42:55
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Matthew Etherington, Header from deep inside the area by Ryan Shawcross goes harmlessly over the crossbar.41:10
Luis Suarez takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.40:18
Outswinging corner taken by Charlie Adam from the left by-line.39:25
Dean Whitehead challenges Charlie Adam unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Agger.38:26
Sanchez Jose Enrique handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the direct free kick.36:25
The referee blows for offside. Jose Reina takes the free kick.35:06
Effort on goal by Martin Skrtel from just inside the area clears the bar.32:22
Charlie Adam gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Pennant. Jermaine Pennant delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Jose Reina makes a save.31:06
Jordan Henderson concedes a free kick for a foul on Dean Whitehead. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.29:21
Corner taken by Charlie Adam, save by Asmir Begovic.29:05
Jermaine Pennant delivers the ball, clearance made by Jamie Carragher.24:19
Luis Suarez takes a shot. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Charlie Adam.23:33
Dean Whitehead challenges Luis Suarez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Luis Suarez.22:29
The offside flag is raised against Jonathan Walters. Jose Reina takes the indirect free kick.21:38
The referee blows for offside against Luis Suarez. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.20:21 Goal scored
Goal! - Jonathan Walters - Stoke 1 - 0 Liverpool Power penalty scored by Jonathan Walters. Stoke 1-0 Liverpool.19:25
Jamie Carragher concedes a Penalty for a foul on Jonathan Walters.18:00
Stewart Downing has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.16:56
Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Matthew Upson gets a block in. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Upson by Dirk Kuyt. Direct free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.16:14
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Charlie Adam.14:19
Luis Suarez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robert Huth. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.11:34
Unfair challenge on Daniel Agger by Jonathan Walters results in a free kick. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the direct free kick.8:22
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Crouch by Martin Skrtel. The ball is delivered by Matthew Etherington, Close range header by Ryan Shawcross goes wide of the left-hand post.7:43
Dean Whitehead fouled by Charlie Adam, the ref awards a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the direct free kick.5:33
Stewart Downing fouled by Rory Delap, the ref awards a free kick. Stewart Downing restarts play with the free kick.3:03
Corner taken by Charlie Adam.1:51
Luis Suarez produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.0:15
Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Skrtel on Peter Crouch. Jermaine Pennant restarts play with the free kick. Peter Crouch is caught offside. Jose Reina takes the free kick.0:00
The game gets underway.
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