• Date: Sat 16 January 2010
  • Venue: Britannia Stadium
  • Ref: Mason, L
  • Attendance: 27,247
Stoke City

Stoke City

Huth (90)

1 - 1


Kyrgiakos (57)

Stoke City vs Liverpool

Team Lineups

Stoke City

Thomas Sorensen
Danny Higginbotham
Robert Huth
Ryan Shawcross
Abdoulaye Diagne-Faye (Andy Wilkinson, 26)
Salif Diao
Dean Whitehead
Rory Delap (Liam Lawrence, 24)
Matthew Etherington
Mamady Sidibe (Ricardo Fuller, 66)
Sanli Tuncay


Jose Manuel Reina
Fabio Aurelio
Sotirios Kyrgiakos
Emiliano Insua
Jamie Carragher
Philipp Degen (Maximiliano Maxi Rodriguez, 78)
Martin Skrtel
Javier Mascherano
Leiva Lucas
Dirk Kuyt
David N'Gog (Alberto Aquilani, 88)

Match Report
A last-minute equaliser by Robert Huth increased the heat on Rafa Benitez and denied Liverpool of a much-needed win at the Britannia Stadium, as Stoke City rescued a 1-1 draw. Huth turned in Danny Higginbotham's header from Matthew Etherington's corner to spark a dramatic finale after what had been a disappointing contest. Stoke then threatened to win it during five minutes of stoppage time before Dirk Kuyt's header thudded against a post from Fabio Aurelio's cross in the dying seconds. All eyes were on Benitez as he took his seat and Liverpool's edgy defenders were soon put under pressure by a succession of long throws from Rory Delap. But Sotirios Kyrgiakos made a sound start in the aerial exchanges against Mamady Sidibe and Stoke's biggest threat came via the fleet-footed skills of Tuncay. Liverpool countered with a Lucas shot which was blocked close to goal and the Brazilian midfielder was then involved in a controversial incident in the 25th minute. Lucas crumpled to the ground under a challenge from Higginbotham and referee Lee Mason booked him for diving instead of awarding a penalty. Stoke were forced to make two substitutions, with Liam Lawrence and Andy Wilkinson replacing the injured Delap and Abdoulaye Faye. And the match itself was turning into a hard fought but very scrappy affair with both sides struggling to find any fluency. Neither goalkeeper had a save to make in a poor first half and there was no improvement at the start of the second period, as a series of petty fouls halted the flow. Stoke attempted to build up a head of steam as Lawrence's free-kick was deflected for a corner and Tuncay brilliantly killed a long ball before drilling his shot well wide. But Liverpool took a 57th minute lead after Higginbotham fouled Philipp Degen on the right flank. Aurelio curled a vicious ball towards the near post which proved too hot for Thomas Sorensen to hold. The Danish keeper could only fumble the ball into the body of the onrushing Kyrgiakos, who followed up to make sure with a second touch on the line. Stoke went close to an equaliser four minutes later when Tuncay headed over after Ryan Shawcross had flicked on a long throw from Salif Diao. And Ricardo Fuller, who had replaced the tiring Sidibe, forced the first save of the match from Jose Reina after he rose highest to meet Etherington's right-wing corner. But Benitez's men were chasing and harassing the home side over every inch of turf - in an obvious show of support for their beleaguered manager - and they looked likely to hold on to their advantage until the late drama unfolded.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

Full-Time: STOKE 1-1 LIVERPOOL. It's all over and the points are shared in a scrappy contest.


Dirk Kuyt heads against the post. That could have been the winner.

Yellow Card

Jose Manuel Reina is booked for kicking the ball away.


There's five minutes of added time.


STOKE 1-1 LIVERPOOL. Robert HUTH taps home from a yard after a corner was headed back across goal by Danny Higginbotham.


Alberto Aquilani replaces David N'Gog.


Matthew Etherington's corner is comfortably collected by Jose Manuel Reina.


Matthew Etherington flies down the right flank but his low cross is cleared by Martin Skrtel.


Jose Manuel Reina is forced to punch away from a Stoke cross.


Maximiliano Maxi Rodriguez replaces Philipp Degen.


It looks as though Maximiliano Maxi Rodriguez is going to be introduced.


Ricardo Fuller gets in front of his man from a Stoke corner but Jose Manuel Reina saves his header.

Yellow Card

Salif Diao goes into the referee's notebook.


The quality of this game has not improved in the second half.


Danny Higginbotham looks to release Sanli Tuncay but the pass is hit too strongly.


Fabio Aurelio's cross is poor and goes out for a goal kick.


Matthew Etherington is hobbling after a fair challenge from Lucas Leiva.


Ricardo Fuller replaces Mamady Sidibe.


Lucas Leiva's free kick is straight into the hands of Thomas Sorensen.


Sanli Tuncay heads over from Ryan Shawcross's flick-on.


David N'Gog is receiving treatment after picking up a knock.


STOKE 0-1 LIVERPOOL. Thomas Sorensen spills Fabio Aurelio's free-kick, allowing Sotirios KYRGIAKOS to bundle the ball home.


Sanli Tuncay controls the ball well, but volleys across the face of goal.


Thomas Sorensen slices his clearance but Liverpool can't take advantage.


Liam Lawrence's curling free kick comes off the Liverpool wall for a corner.


Javier Mascherano looks to find David N'Gog down the channel but the ball is hit too strongly.


Martin Skrtel puts his foot through the ball to clear for Liverpool.

Second half

The second half is underway. Hopefully the quality will be better than the first 45 minutes.

Half time

Half-Time: STOKE 0-0 LIVERPOOL. That was 45 minutes that was instantly forgettable.


Javier Mascherano's free kick floatsharmlessly into the grateful hands of Thomas Sorensen.


Neither side is able to string a succession of passes together.


Liam Lawrence's free kick is straight into the hands of Jose Manuel Reina.


Emiliano Insua and Fabio Aurelio look to play a one-two but Fabio Aurelio's pass can't find his man.


Liam Lawrence bursts forward and wins a corner off the legs of Martin Skrtel.


Emiliano Insua mis-controls the ball and it goes out for a goalkick.


There is little quality to this game at the moment.


Jamie Carragher is let down by his first touch as he looks to burst forward down the right.


Andy Wilkinson replaces Abdoulaye Diagne-Faye.

Yellow Card

Lucas Leiva is booked. Liverpool may feel agrieved that the penalty appeal was turned down.


Liverpool see a penalty appeal for a tackle on Lucas Leiva turned down.


Liam Lawrence comes on for Rory Delap.


Abdoulaye Diagne-Faye looks to have picked up a knock. Rory Delap also looks to be stretching his calf out.


Emiliano Insua's chip forward is too high for David N'Gog.


Mamady Sidibe looks to go past Sotirios Kyrgiakos but the Greek defender is equal to the challenge.


Lucas Leiva sees another shot blocked, this time by Ryan Shawcross.


Lucas Leiva's shot on the edge of the area is blocked by Abdoulaye Diagne-Faye.


Stoke have enjoyed much more possession so far in this game.


Fabio Aurelio's volley from Philipp Degen's cross deflects into the hands of Thomas Sorensen.


David N'gog's low cross is cleared away by Ryan Shawcross.


Jose Manuel Reina flaps at a long Rory Delap throw, the ball eventually going out for a goal kick.


Robert Huth slams his free kick into the Liverpool wall.


Rory Delap thumps the ball forward but it rolls out for a throw-in.


Sanli Tuncay turns sharply but is tackled by Emiliano Insua.


Matthew Etherington's floated cross is headed out for a corner by Emiliano Insua.


Referee Lee Mason gets the game underway.

Awaiting Kickoff

Sotirios Kyrgiakos starts for Liverpool.

Awaiting Kickoff

New signing Maximiliano Maxi Rodriguez is on the bench for Liverpool.

Awaiting Kickoff

Javier Mascherano returns from suspension for the Reds.

Awaiting Kickoff

Torres, Gerrad and Benayoun all miss out for Liverpool through injury.

Awaiting Kickoff

Sanli Tuncay has proved his fitness following a hamstring problem and starts for Stoke.

Awaiting Kickoff

Thomas Sorensen returns in goal for Stoke following a finger injury.