Stoke City 3-1 Liverpool: Walters Brace as Stoke Beat Reds
Live Premier League commentary
Steven Gerrard, penalty (LIV) 1', Jonathan Walters (STO) 4', Kenwyne Jones (STO) 12', Jonathan Walters (STO) 48'
Stoke City: Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Wilkinson; Kightly (Whitehead), Nzonzi, Whelan, Etherington (Shotton); Walters, Jones (Crouch).
Liverpool: Reina; Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique; Lucas (Henderson), Gerrard, Shelvey; Suso (Sterling), Downing (Cole), Suarez.
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Full time from the Britannia Stadium
Stoke City 3 (Jon Walters 2, Kenwyne Jones)
Liverpool 1 (Steven Gerrard, penalty)
Two goals for Jon Walters and one for Kenwyne Jones have given Stoke a big win at home over Liverpool, and also sees the Potters up to eighth in the league while the Reds drop to 10th.
Liverpool started superbly as Luis Suarez won a penalty inside a minute which Steven Gerrard converted, but despite creating a string of chances in the remainder of the first half it was Stoke who scored three times in the next 50 minutes.
The away team played well in patches and were a threat in the final third but some very basic failings at both ends of the pitch cost them a chance to take any points off a well-drilled and predictably aerially threatening Stoke City team.
It's another home win for them, while the Reds will have to try and win at QPR next time out to finish the year on a high.
Full time at the Britannia Stadium
Stoke City 3 Liverpool 1
90+3'—Final minute of the game. It's another disappointing away day for Brendan Rodgers and his team, but Stoke have completed the first half of the season unbeaten at the Britannia Stadium.
90+2'—Luis Suarez is one of the few who have been consistently impressive for Liverpool today. A handful of others have had good spells in the game, but too few have not been up for the challenge enough.
90+1'—Suarez plays a quick one-two with Henderson and shoots from range, but his shot drifts wide.
Four minutes to be added on.
89'—Gerrard curls a shot in from range—Begovic dives and palms the ball away, but it's one for the cameras really. Joe Cole is offside as he chases the rebound.
88'—Stoke now they are almost there now. They have nine players within 10 metres of their own penalty box and have no intention of moving them.
86'—Suarez hits the wall with his free kick and Stoke clear. Suarez gets the ball back on the right side and crosses low with Sterling coming into the six yard box at pace, but the ball is just ahead of him.
84'—Heading towards the final five minutes of the game. Liverpool still coming forward with the ball but there's a bit of a lack of real faith about their play. Not much movement off the ball in the penalty area, more like the players are just hoping for the best.
Glenn Whelan very cynically trips Suarez up outside the area with no attempt to play the ball at all. Suarez in incensed, Whelan booked.
81'—Cole and Suarez combine down the right to win a corner. They need a goal if they are to have a big last 10 minutes in the game. The corner is blocked and cleared, but Jose Enrique's pass back into the area is wildly overhit and Begovic claims it high. Huth pushes Shelvey in the chest but the ref chooses to give the midfielder a stern word.
Stoke sub: Ryan Shotton on for Etherington.
79'—The away team have coped better with Stoke's pressing in this half but they have been unable to replicate their attacking threat of the first period. Suarez gets in behind the defence this time but can't get a shot away, and Sterling's eventual effort is blocked.
And now a Stoke City sub: Peter Crouch on for Kenwyne Jones.
Liverpool sub: Joe Cole on for Downing.
75'—Stats from WhoScored.com:
On target: 5-3
73'—A good break for Liverpool ends when Johnson cuts infield and tries a reverse pass to Gerrard instead of shooting himself. Space opened up their for the full-back.
72'—Martin Skrtel has just won two headers in a row—that's as good as Liverpool have defended all match. It's taken them far too long to get to grips with the Stoke attack.
70'—Reina bravely takes a cross inside his six yard box and gets clattered in the face by Whitehead for his troubles. A little treatment is needed but the keeper will be fine to continue. His team have 20 minutes to get themselves back into the match.
69'—Suarez dribbles inside the box and sees a shot blocked; he passes outside to Gerrard who returns the ball to the striker but he's by now standing offside and Begovic's fumble of the ball doesn't matter in the end.
Stoke sub: Whitehead on for Kightly.
68'—It's poor delivery from Downing. Stoke clear but Liverpool should deal with it easily, instead Jose Enrique allows the ball to bounce and puts his team under pressure until Gerrard makes a good tackle on Jones.
65'—Suarez takes a quick throw in which Huth tries to jump and block with his arm; Downing gets past Shawcross and the defender rolls across him on the floor on the edge of the box to concede a dangerous-looking free kick. The Reds need a goal.
64'—Liverpool have the ball in the net thanks to Luis Suarez—but it's disallowed for handball by Henderson. Pretty harsh; he lost his footing and landed on the ball before reverse passing to the Uruguayan.
62'—Shelvey gives the ball away in midfield and then again on the edge of his own area. He's had a shocker today. Over on the left touchline, Sterling escapes the attentions of Cameron who then trips him after the ball is gone—no second yellow for the American, but the referee has a word.
59'—Jose Enrique floats a cross in from the left and Suarez slides in trying to get on the end of it—but Begovic punches the ball clear. Suarez was never getting the ball, it was far too high, and he'll be booked after both players have had some treatment.
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