Liverpool 0-0 Stoke
Liverpool remain without a home league win this season as they were held to a draw in a fractious game against Stoke.
Stoke's best chances came after the Reds gave the ball away with a Charlie Adam shot being saved and a Michael Kightly effort being tipped over.
The home side went close when Steven Gerrard had a strike palmed away, while Daniel Agger glanced a shot just wide.
Reds winger Raheem Sterling struck an effort against the woodwork as a resolute Stoke held on for a point.
Liverpool centre-back Martin Skrtel also went close late on when he poked a shot at goal from an acute angle only to see the strike hit the face of the post, with Luis Suarez just out of reach to turn the ball home.
Suarez was his side's main threat in the game and, although he has claimed to have legitimate penalty appeals turned down this season, he did not help his cause when he appeared to go to ground too easily after wriggling past Marc Wilson.
However, the Uruguayan was on the end of some harsh treatment by a Stoke side who picked up six bookings.
Suarez and centre-back Robert Huth were involved in regular tussles, which started when Huth appeared to stamp on the former early on in the game.
Ultimately, Liverpool's passing game was not refined or piercing enough to break through a disciplined and determined Potters side, who earned a draw but have gone 13 top-flight away games without a win.
The Reds, meanwhile, have won just four of their last 19 home league games and their problems at Anfield continued.
The home side struggled to find the rhythm and range of their passing game under the pressure and physical nature of Stoke's play as both sides wrestled for some sort of superiority early on.
Stoke's closing down forced the home side into two mistakes, although the visitors could not punish their hosts.
Nuri Sahin gave the ball away to midfielder Adam, who left Anfield to join Stoke in the summer, and his shot from just inside the area was saved by keeper Pepe Reina.
Reina was also culpable shortly afterwards as he tried to play the ball out of defence only to hand possession to Stoke.
Kightly almost capitalised when he tried to chip in but the backtracking Reina tipped over his bar to save his blushes.
Gerrard had a long range shot pushed wide by keeper Asmir Begovic, while Agger's glancing strike from a dinked Suso cross clipped the outside of the post.
Liverpool picked up the pace and showed more urgency after the break.
Begovic smothered and gathered a well-struck 22-yard strike by left-back Glen Johnson, who also latched on to a raking Gerrard pass before shooting high.
Agger pulled off a vital interception as Kightly tried to set up Adam for a simple finish but most of the pressure was being applied by the home side.
Suarez surged toward the Stoke goal and sidestepped the visitors' defence only to shoot the wrong side of the post before Sterling met an Agger cross with a shot which hit the outside of the upright.
Some theatrics from Suarez did not fool referee Lee Mason and, after Skrtel went close, he blew the whistle on a frustrating afternoon for Liverpool.
- 25 Reina
- 02 Johnson
- 05 Agger
- 37 Skrtel
- 47 Wisdom
- 04 Sahin (Assaidi - 79' )
- 08 Gerrard
- 24 Allen
- 31 Sterling
- 07 Suarez
- 30 Suso (Cole - 67' )
- 01 Jones
- 16 Coates
- 23 Carragher
- 10 Cole
- 14 Henderson
- 11 Assaidi
- 29 Borini
- 01 Begovic
- 02 Cameron
- 04 Huth Booked
- 12 Wilson
- 17 Shawcross Booked
- 06 Whelan (Whitehead - 20' Booked )
- 15 Nzonzi
- 16 Adam Booked (Edu - 80' )
- 21 Kightly Booked (Etherington - 63' )
- 19 Walters Booked
- 25 Crouch
- 29 Sorensen
- 20 Upson
- 13 Edu
- 18 Whitehead
- 26 Etherington
- 09 Jones
- 33 Jerome
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.90:00 +2:46
Joe Cole has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.90:00 +2:22
Corner taken by Luis Suarez from the right by-line, clearance made by Maurice Edu.90:00 +2:03
Glen Johnson produces a cross, clearance made by Marc Wilson.90:00 +0:32
Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington.89:46
Martin Skrtel has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide right of the goal.89:09
Free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.89:09 Booking
Booking Dean Whitehead goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.89:00
Dean Whitehead concedes a free kick for a foul on Raheem Sterling.85:05
The ball is delivered by Steven Gerrard, save made by Asmir Begovic.83:08
The ball is swung over by Steven Gerrard, save by Asmir Begovic.82:49
A cross is delivered by Oussama Assaidi, clearance made by Marc Wilson.82:07
Luis Suarez produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.79:47 Substitution
Substitution Charlie Adam leaves the field to be replaced by Maurice Edu.78:11 Substitution
Substitution Oussama Assaidi joins the action as a substitute, replacing Nuri Sahin.76:57
Nuri Sahin produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.76:27
Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.76:27 Booking
Booking Jonathan Walters goes into the book.76:18
The assistant referee flags for offside against Jonathan Walters.74:27
Joe Cole takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Gerrard, clearance by Ryan Shawcross.72:32 Booking
Booking Caution for Charlie Adam.72:12
Joe Allen fouled by Charlie Adam, the ref awards a free kick.70:51
Effort from deep inside the area by Raheem Sterling misses to the right of the goal.70:12
The ball is crossed by Steven Gerrard, clearance made by Robert Huth.69:02
Strike on goal comes in from Daniel Agger from the free kick.69:02 Booking
Booking Ryan Shawcross is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.68:43
Ryan Shawcross challenges Luis Suarez unfairly and gives away a free kick.66:26 Substitution
Substitution Joe Cole replaces Jesus Fernandez Saez.65:29
Unfair challenge on Jesus Fernandez Saez by Geoff Cameron results in a free kick. Nuri Sahin delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, clearance by Peter Crouch.64:22
Marc Wilson takes a shot. Blocked by Andre Wisdom.64:20
Shot from just outside the box by Steven Nzonzi misses to the right of the target.62:48 Substitution
Substitution Michael Kightly leaves the field to be replaced by Matthew Etherington.60:29
Jesus Fernandez Saez takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Robert Huth.59:33
Inswinging corner taken by Charlie Adam from the right by-line, clearance made by Nuri Sahin.58:49
Luis Suarez produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.57:53
Foul by Raheem Sterling on Geoff Cameron, free kick awarded. Asmir Begovic takes the direct free kick.55:16
Glen Johnson fouled by Peter Crouch, the ref awards a free kick. Glen Johnson restarts play with the free kick.53:05
Centre by Geoff Cameron, Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.52:05
Unfair challenge on Jesus Fernandez Saez by Charlie Adam results in a free kick. Martin Skrtel takes the direct free kick.51:08
Shot from deep inside the area by Glen Johnson clears the crossbar.49:50
Glen Johnson takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save.48:26
Steven Gerrard delivers the ball, Marc Wilson makes a clearance. Corner taken by Nuri Sahin, Peter Crouch makes a clearance.48:11
The ball is sent over by Steven Gerrard, clearance by Ryan Shawcross.46:24
Andre Wisdom gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Kightly. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.45:29
Glen Johnson sends in a cross, Marc Wilson makes a clearance.45:01
The game restarts for the second half.45:00 +2:03 Half time
Half Time The referee blows for half time.45:00 +0:38
Peter Crouch is adjudged to have handled the ball. Glen Johnson takes the free kick.44:24
Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Suarez on Asmir Begovic. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.42:04
A cross is delivered by Luis Suarez, Charlie Adam manages to make a clearance.39:19
Charlie Adam gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Raheem Sterling. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Steven Gerrard from left wing, save made by Asmir Begovic.38:01
Unfair challenge on Glen Johnson by Jonathan Walters results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Glen Johnson.36:53
Marc Wilson concedes a free kick for a foul on Jesus Fernandez Saez. Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.35:53
Nuri Sahin concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Nzonzi. Direct free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.34:43
Nuri Sahin fouled by Steven Nzonzi, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Glen Johnson.34:00
Steven Gerrard produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.32:19
Steven Gerrard delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.32:19 Booking
Booking Robert Huth goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.32:11
Robert Huth gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Suarez.29:28
Raheem Sterling challenges Geoff Cameron unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robert Huth takes the free kick.28:20
Jesus Fernandez Saez takes a shot. Robert Huth gets a block in. Effort from inside the six-yard box by Daniel Agger goes wide left of the target.26:28
Steven Gerrard produces a drilled right-footed shot from 30 yards. Save made by Asmir Begovic. Corner taken short by Luis Suarez. Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc Wilson on Luis Suarez. Nuri Sahin restarts play with the free kick.25:47
Charlie Adam is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Joe Allen takes the free kick.24:01
Martin Skrtel restarts play with the free kick.24:01 Booking
Booking Michael Kightly goes into the referee's book.23:45
Unfair challenge on Joe Allen by Michael Kightly results in a free kick.22:19
Foul by Robert Huth on Luis Suarez, free kick awarded. Joe Allen takes the direct free kick.21:38
Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Suarez on Ryan Shawcross. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.19:31
Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam from the right by-line to the near post, Glen Johnson manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Charlie Adam, Jose Reina makes a save.19:31 Substitution
Substitution Dean Whitehead joins the action as a substitute, replacing Glenn Whelan.19:31
Michael Kightly takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a save.17:03
Luis Suarez takes a shot. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in. Corner from the left by-line taken by Steven Gerrard, Robert Huth makes a clearance.16:41
The ball is sent over by Glenn Whelan, clearance made by Daniel Agger.14:36
Peter Crouch concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Agger. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.13:05
Unfair challenge on Peter Crouch by Daniel Agger results in a free kick. Glenn Whelan crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance by Martin Skrtel. Corner taken by Glenn Whelan played to the near post, Nuri Sahin manages to make a clearance.10:47
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nuri Sahin by Steven Nzonzi. Steven Gerrard crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save by Asmir Begovic.9:44
Peter Crouch is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Martin Skrtel restarts play with the free kick.8:08
The ball is sent over by Daniel Agger, clearance made by Marc Wilson.7:26
Nuri Sahin takes a shot. Blocked by Raheem Sterling.6:44
Effort on goal by Marc Wilson from 35 yards went harmlessly over the net.6:15
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert Huth by Luis Suarez. Robert Huth takes the free kick.4:09
Charlie Adam takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.3:14
Michael Kightly delivers the ball.1:20
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nuri Sahin on Glenn Whelan. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.0:00
The referee gets the match started.
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