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  • Date:17 Aug 2013
  • Kick-off:12:45
  • Venue:Anfield
  • Attendance:44,822
  • Sturridge (36)
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92mins

Short corner taken by Steven Gerrard.

92mins

Phillippe Coutinho has an effort at goal. Erik Pieters gets a block in.

92mins

Daniel Agger takes the free kick.

90mins

Phillippe Coutinho fouled by Steven Nzonzi, the ref awards a free kick.

90mins

Robert Huth challenges Simon Mignolet unfairly and gives away a free kick.

90mins

Jermaine Pennant crosses the ball in from the free kick.

89mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marc Wilson by Jordan Henderson.

89mins

Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Simon Mignolet parries the ball away.

89mins

Penalty taken by Jonathan Walters saved by Simon Mignolet. Liverpool 1-0 Stoke.

88mins

The referee penalises Daniel Agger for handball.

88mins

Free kick crossed by Charlie Adam.

87mins

Robert Huth makes a clearance.

86mins

Ryan Shawcross manages to make a clearance.

86mins

Clearance made by Marc Wilson.

86mins

Phillippe Coutinho takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Ryan Shawcross.

85mins

Corner taken by Phillippe Coutinho.

84mins

Corner from the right by-line taken by Steven Gerrard.

84mins

Erik Pieters manages to make a clearance.

83mins

The ball is delivered by Marc Wilson.

82mins

Sanchez Jose Enrique makes a clearance.

82mins

Charlie Adam takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Simon Mignolet parries the effort to safety.

81mins

Kenwyne Jones joins the action as a substitute, replacing Peter Crouch.

80mins

Clearance by Charlie Adam.

79mins

Shot by Glen Johnson. Asmir Begovic parries the effort to safety.

79mins

Corner from the right by-line taken by Phillippe Coutinho.

79mins

Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Steven Gerrard. A parry by Asmir Begovic prevents the goal.

78mins

Foul by Robert Huth on Daniel Sturridge, free kick awarded.

77mins

Ryan Shawcross manages to make a clearance.

77mins

Centre by Daniel Sturridge.

76mins

Kolo Toure receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

76mins

Kolo Toure gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Erik Pieters.

74mins

Daniel Sturridge takes a fantastic shot and missed to the right of the target.

72mins

Raheem Sterling replaces Iago Aspas.

71mins

Marc Wilson takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Simon Mignolet parries the effort to safety.

71mins

Clearance by Steven Nzonzi.

70mins

Foul by Steven Gerrard on Jonathan Walters, free kick awarded.

69mins

Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.

68mins

Free kick crossed by Jermaine Pennant.

66mins

Shot by Kolo Toure. Blocked by Ryan Shawcross.

66mins

Corner taken by Phillippe Coutinho.

65mins

Peter Crouch gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leiva Lucas.

65mins

Sanchez Jose Enrique has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

65mins

Clearance by Jonathan Walters.

64mins

Jordan Henderson takes a shot. Asmir Begovic turns it away with a finger tip save.

63mins

Charlie Adam joins the action as a substitute, replacing Glenn Whelan.

63mins

Glenn Whelan has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

61mins

Header at goal by Iago Aspas misses to the right.

61mins

Corner from the left by-line taken by Steven Gerrard.

61mins

Daniel Sturridge has an effort at goal. Asmir Begovic parries the effort to safety.

60mins

Clearance by Jordan Henderson.

60mins

Ryan Shawcross makes a clearance.

56mins

Jordan Henderson makes a clearance.

56mins

Kolo Toure manages to make a clearance.

54mins

Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.

54mins

Jordan Henderson takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Asmir Begovic parries the effort to safety.

54mins

Shot by Daniel Sturridge missed to the right of the net.

53mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Gerrard on Peter Crouch.

47mins

Phillippe Coutinho takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

47mins

Ryan Shawcross makes a clearance.

46mins

A cross is delivered by Geoff Cameron.

45mins

Robert Huth has a headed effort at goal. Blocked by Daniel Agger.

45mins

Free kick crossed by Glenn Whelan.

44mins

Shot by Phillippe Coutinho. Asmir Begovic catches the ball.

44mins

Corner taken by Steven Gerrard.

43mins

Header at goal by Robert Huth misses left of the target.

42mins

Corner taken by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line.

42mins

Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Simon Mignolet parries the effort to safety.

41mins

Free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.

41mins

Unfair challenge on Phillippe Coutinho by Geoff Cameron results in a free kick.

41mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Nzonzi by Iago Aspas.

39mins

Erik Pieters makes a clearance.

38mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sanchez Jose Enrique on Jonathan Walters.

37mins

Daniel Sturridge scores with their left foot. Liverpool 1-0 Stoke.The assist for the goal came from Iago Aspas.

37mins

Daniel Sturridge has an effort at goal. Asmir Begovic parries the ball but the danger is not over.

35mins

Clearance by Sanchez Jose Enrique.

35mins

Jordan Henderson takes a shot. Asmir Begovic parries the effort to safety.

34mins

Shot by Sanchez Jose Enrique. Blocked by Geoff Cameron.

32mins

Kolo Toure manages to make a clearance.

30mins

Steven Gerrard makes a clearance.

29mins

Shot by Sanchez Jose Enrique. Asmir Begovic parries the effort to safety.

29mins

Marc Wilson makes a clearance.

26mins

Clearance made by Jordan Henderson.

25mins

Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the free kick.

25mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Geoff Cameron on Phillippe Coutinho.

23mins

Phillippe Coutinho takes a shot and goes harmlessly over the bar.

20mins

Iago Aspas takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Asmir Begovic parries the ball away.

18mins

The ball is crossed by Geoff Cameron.

17mins

Marc Wilson makes a clearance.

16mins

Erik Pieters manages to make a clearance.

16mins

The ball is swung over by Glen Johnson.

14mins

The ball is crossed by Daniel Sturridge.

13mins

Header by Kolo Toure strikes the bar.

13mins

Corner taken by Steven Gerrard.

13mins

Erik Pieters manages to make a clearance.

12mins

Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.

11mins

Foul by Matthew Etherington on Glen Johnson, free kick awarded.

11mins

A cross is delivered by Glen Johnson.

10mins

Glenn Whelan makes a clearance.

8mins

Robert Huth takes a shot and hits the bar.

8mins

Corner taken by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line.

7mins

Free kick crossed by Steven Gerrard.

6mins

Steven Nzonzi concedes a free kick for a foul on Leiva Lucas.

6mins

Shot by Glen Johnson. Blocked by Robert Huth.

3mins

Clearance by Glenn Whelan.

2mins

Free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.

2mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Phillippe Coutinho by Geoff Cameron.

1mins

Marc Wilson restarts play with the free kick.

1mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Leiva Lucas on Glenn Whelan.

Match Preview

World Cup dream drives Coutinho Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho grew up with Brazilian compatriots Ronaldinho and Kaka as his idols and now he wants to follow in their footsteps. He watched the every move of Ronaldinho, in particular, and marvelled at how he pulled the strings for Barcelona in his pomp. Coutinho envisaged the day when he too could have a chance to emulate his two heroes. At Anfield he has been given an ideal platform, and while it may be premature to be thinking about elevating him into a similar category the portents are good. The Brazil-hosted World Cup next summer is in his thoughts, and Coutinho admits it would be a dream to play in the tournament for his country. In Brendan Rodgers he has a club manager whose 'death by football' mantra means he will enjoy a lot of possession this season. The crucial factor will be what he does with it but on the evidence of his first four months in England and a handful of pre-season friendlies the omens are good. Speaking about his heroes, Coutinho told Press Association Sport: "They play more or less my position and they were my inspirations as I was growing up. "I think both of them were super-excellent players, especially when Ronaldinho played at Barcelona it was like magic. "Every time I had a chance I would watch him because he was someone who I looked up to." Coutinho turned 21 in June and he still has a lot to learn about English football, but he is already seen by fans as a crucial part of the the club's future. It is a weight of expectation which does not bother a player who scored the Reds' final goal of last season at Anfield in May to cap a promising four months following his arrival from Inter Milan. Many questioned why Rodgers had spent B#8.5million on youngster who had failed to make the grade in Italy, but he quickly showed flashes of a potentially brilliant talent and his progress has continued in pre-season where he has been the club's stand-out player. The form has singled him out as Liverpool's likely creator-in-chief going into the new Premier League season and it is a role he is more than comfortable with. "I don't feel any extra pressure," he added ahead of the game against Stoke. "The supporters are always there and that gives me a lot of strength to do my best for my team-mates and the club and to make the fanshappy." He knows Liverpool can be the perfect place to showcase his abilities and, with a longer-term view, could gain him enough recognition to represent his country's senior team - with the added incentive of the World Cup on home soil. "Of course it is a dream of mine. I need to have a good season at Liverpool, take my chances here and hopefully that would give me a chance of being called up for the national team," he said. "It would be my biggest step in football and I will do my utmost to be there." Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is rated at about 80 per cent fit but appears to have shown enough to warrant inclusion against the Potters. Centre-backs Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel (both knee injuries) are expected to be available, although the latter is likely to have to settle for a place on the bench. Summer signings Simon Mignolet and Kolo Toure are set for competitive debuts while fellow new arrivals Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto are also in the squad but striker Luis Suarez is suspended for a further six matches. Meanwhile, Mark Hughes expects Stoke to score more goals this season than last, whether or not he manages to sign more players. The Potters struggled to find the net last term and consequently needed a late charge to pull away from relegation trouble. Their final tally of 34 goals in the Barclays Premier League was bettered by every side with the exception of relegated QPR and was 52 fewer than champions Manchester United managed. New manager Hughes wants to develop Stoke's style and creating more goalscoring opportunities is a priority. Hughes said: "We will try to play in a different way. "We have given hints of that in the pre-season games and I think people have been encouraged by that. "A lack of goals was something that obviously hindered the team last year. It is fair to say we are trying to address that. "It could be in the transfer market we address it, but we could address it by the manner of the work we have been doing on the training field in terms of allowing them more licence to get into good areas of the football field. "That is what we are about, creating more chances in the final third." Midfielder Brek Shea misses the game with the knee injury suffered in a friendly in the United States last month. Another midfielder, Jamie Ness, is also ruled out after his involvement in pre-season was curtailed by injury. Summer signings Erik Pieters and Marc Muniesa, both defenders, are in contention for debuts while Asmir Begovic looks set to remain first-choice goalkeeper ahead of Thomas Sorensen and Jack Butland.

Formation:4231Manager: Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool

Formation: 433Manager: Mark Hughes

Stoke

  • Simon Mignolet
  • Glen Johnson
  • Kolo Toure
  • Daniel Agger
  • Sanchez Jose Enrique
  • Steven Gerrard
  • Leiva Lucas
  • Jordan Henderson
  • Iago Aspas
  • Phillippe Coutinho
  • Daniel Sturridge
  • SUBS
  • Brad Jones
  • Luis Alberto
  • Joe Allen
  • Fabio Borini
  • Raheem Sterling
  • Jordon Ibe
  • Andre Wisdom

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Match Report

Liverpool 1-0 Stoke: Match Report - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game as it happened.


Mignolet is Reds' hero

Striker Daniel Sturridge got Liverpool's season off to a winning start but it was new goalkeeper Simon Mignolet who was the hero with a late penalty save.

The hosts had dominated throughout but had only the one goal to show for their efforts when Daniel Agger handled former Reds midfielder Charlie Adam's free-kick three minutes from time.

Jonathan Walters fired low to Mignolet's right but the Belgium international reached that and substitute Kenwyne Jones' follow-up to seal a 1-0 win and get his Liverpool career off to the best possible start following a B#9million move from Sunderland.

Sturridge had only trained for two weeks having been sidelined by an ankle injury sustained at the end of last season on England duty, but if he felt rusty he did not show it.

He had already had the ball in the net once, heading in Steven Gerrard's free-kick only to be denied by an offside flag, before he eventually broke the deadlock in the 37th minute.

With most of the focus over the summer being on the future of Liverpool's other striker Luis Suarez, Sturridge completed his rehabilitation in virtual anonymity.

He is not one for creating headlines but knows where to make an impact when it matters and he ultimately settled the contest, although the game should have been put well beyond Stoke with the number of chances created.

Liverpool need someone other than Suarez, last season's 30-goal striker, to rely on if they are to seriously mount a challenge for the top four and Sturridge looks like he is ready to shoulder that responsibility.

His 12th goal in 17 appearances since joining from Chelsea for B#12million in January is an impressive strike rate but he will need to maintain that over the course of a whole season.

First of all, however, he needs to do it over the first six games - the duration of the remainder of Suarez's ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic in April.

Despite a summer of turmoil surrounding the Uruguay international there appears to be a sense his protestations about wanting to leave for a Champions League club - which resulted in him being forced to train on his own for a week - may have diminished.

Having been restored to training with his first-team colleagues on Friday, Rodgers said the 26-year-old was "back, smiling and happy" and there was definitely evidence of a broad grin as he walked around the perimeter of the pitch pre-match to a ripple of applause.

For all the problems Suarez has caused the club there is no doubt they will need his mercurial talents.

While they dominated a Stoke side trying to play more football under new manager Mark Hughes they lacked a cutting edge for long periods.

In fact, they could have been in trouble after just eight minutes when Mignolet, on his competitive Anfield debut, flapped at a cross with only the crossbar sparing his blushes by keeping out Robert Huth's volley.

But the tide quickly turned and Sturridge's disallowed goal was followed by Kolo Toure, another new signing, heading Gerrard's corner against the woodwork.

Sturridge blazed the rebound over from close range and then saw a cross-shot hacked clear by Erik Pieters after Philippe Coutinho had threaded through a pass which allowed him to go around Asmir Begovic.

Coutinho's vision to pick out opponents saw him set up Iago Aspas to shoot at the goalkeeper, who then blocked Jose Enrique's shot after a swift interchange between himself and Aspas.

The 21-year-old Brazilian seems certain to be Liverpool's creator-in-chief this season and he was at it again, putting Jordan Henderson through only for Begovic to get out quickly to block.

But just when it seemed Liverpool would go in frustrated, Sturridge cushioned an Aspas pass before drilling a low shot through the legs of Huth to finally beat Begovic.

One goal has never been a comfortable margin for Liverpool in recent seasons and they needed Mignolet to save well from Walters and Lucas Leiva to clear Ryan Shawcross' effort off the line to hold the half-time lead.

Further chances came after the break with Coutinho curling a shot past the far post, Sturridge denied at the near post by Begovic, Aspas heading wide from a corner and Henderson striking the upright.

Late on the excellent Begovic had to be at full stretch to tip over Gerrard's dipping free-kick and scrambled well to keep out Glen Johnson's close-range shot.

Adam almost embarrassed Mignolet with a shot from the halfway line before the goalkeeper came to Liverpool's rescue late on with his spot-kick save.


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