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Rory Delap sends in a cross, Martin Kelly manages to make a clearance.
Luis Suarez takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save.
The ball is sent over by Danny Collins, save by Jose Reina.
Steven Gerrard takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.
Corner taken by Jonjo Shelvey from the right by-line, Dean Whitehead makes a clearance.
Jonjo Shelvey takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save.
A cross is delivered by Martin Kelly.
The referee shows Danny Collins a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Danny Collins concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Suarez. Steven Gerrard takes the free kick.
Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.
Luis Suarez gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Liverpool 2-0 Stoke.Dirk Kuyt provided the assist for the goal.
Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Andy Wilkinson gets a block in.
Raul Meireles leaves the field to be replaced by Jonjo Shelvey.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Raul Meireles on Dean Whitehead. Free kick crossed left-footed by Danny Collins from left wing, clearance by Steven Gerrard.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Raul Meireles, clearance by Jonathan Walters.
Centre by Martin Kelly, clearance by Jermaine Pennant.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Gerrard by Rory Delap. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Steven Gerrard from left wing.
The ball is sent over by Jermaine Pennant.
The ball is crossed by Jermaine Pennant, save by Jose Reina.
The ball is delivered by Danny Collins, Raul Meireles manages to make a clearance.
Marc Wilson leaves the field to be replaced by Ricardo Fuller.
Danny Collins is brought on as a substitute for Abdoulaye Faye.
Luis Suarez is brought on as a substitute for Fabio Aurelio. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Martin Kelly by Marc Wilson. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
Salif Diao goes off and Rory Delap comes on.
John Carew produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.
Dirk Kuyt crosses the ball, clearance made by Salif Diao.
The ball is sent over by Jermaine Pennant, clearance made by Fabio Aurelio.
The assistant referee flags for offside against John Carew. Jose Reina takes the indirect free kick.
Glen Johnson receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Glen Johnson challenges Andy Wilkinson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Raul Meireles on Andy Wilkinson. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by John Carew.
John Carew gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Kelly. Free kick taken by Martin Skrtel.
Inswinging corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line.
John Carew is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for a foul by John Carew on Daniel Agger. Sotirios Kyrgiakos takes the free kick.
Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
Salif Diao is cautioned. Raul Meireles fires in a goal from inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Liverpool 1-0 Stoke.Free kick awarded for a foul by Salif Diao on Daniel Agger. Fabio Aurelio takes the free kick. Assist by Sotirios Kyrgiakos.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
Glen Johnson sends in a cross, Asmir Begovic makes a save.
The referee shows Robert Huth a yellow card. Robert Huth challenges Martin Kelly unfairly and gives away a free kick. Fabio Aurelio delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance made by John Carew.
Shot by Dirk Kuyt from deep inside the six-yard box clear the bar.
The ball is crossed by Steven Gerrard, Dirk Kuyt has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
The ball is swung over by Martin Kelly, Glen Johnson takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic.
Salif Diao has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.
Unfair challenge on Jermaine Pennant by Daniel Agger results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Jermaine Pennant, clearance by Steven Gerrard.
Fabio Aurelio sends in a cross, Marc Wilson makes a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Steven Gerrard, clearance made by Jonathan Walters.
Fabio Aurelio takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, save made by Asmir Begovic.
The ball is crossed by Dirk Kuyt, Andy Wilkinson manages to make a clearance.
Jermaine Pennant sends in a cross, John Carew has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.
The ball is swung over by Martin Kelly, clearance made by Dean Whitehead.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dirk Kuyt by Abdoulaye Faye. Indirect free kick taken by Martin Skrtel.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Steven Gerrard, clearance by Marc Wilson.
Glen Johnson delivers the ball, Robert Huth manages to make a clearance.
The assistant referee signals for offside against John Carew. Jose Reina takes the indirect free kick.
Martin Skrtel has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Shot from close range by Robert Huth clears the bar.
Effort on goal by Jonathan Walters from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Foul by Martin Kelly on Dean Whitehead, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jermaine Pennant, clearance made by Sotirios Kyrgiakos.
Steven Gerrard delivers the ball, save made by Asmir Begovic.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard played to the near post, Sotirios Kyrgiakos takes a shot. Clearance by Salif Diao.
Martin Skrtel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Carew. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jermaine Pennant from left wing, clearance made by Martin Skrtel.
Liverpool's club-record signing Andy Carroll is still recovering from a thigh injury and is not in contention to face Stoke at Anfield.
Liverpool are still awaiting international clearance and a work permit for their other big signing Luis Suarez, who completed a £22.8million deal from Ajax.
If that comes through in time, the Uruguay international could possibly play a part.
With Fernando Torres having joined Chelsea either Dirk Kuyt or David Ngog may be given the striker's role.
Vice-captain Jamie Carragher is also in contention for a return to the squad having recovered from an operation on a shoulder he dislocated on November 28 in the defeat at Tottenham.
Carroll is confident he can score the goals which will bring silverware back to Anfield.
The 22-year-old has inherited the Spain international's number nine shirt, worn by other Liverpool greats like Ian Rush and Robbie Fowler, and he believes he is equipped to follow in their illustrious footsteps.
"Goals have always been in my game so I'm very confident I can score for Liverpool," he said.
"It's a great feeling. The number nine is a big number and the one I wanted. To get it at Liverpool is a great feeling. I want to go out there and play the football that has brought me here. I'll bring as much as I can to the team - I'll score goals, create chances, hold up the ball and just try my best really.
"They have spent a lot of money on getting me here and I just want to repay them for what they have spent. I'll do my best and think I can do it. I want to win trophies with this club and help push us forward."
Liverpool have not won a trophy since the FA Cup in 2006 and their fortunes have been on the wane over the last 18 months, with the club finishing a disappointing seventh in the Barclays Premier League last season.
The start to the current campaign was the worst since 1953 and resulted in the departure of Roy Hodgson after just six months in charge.
Since Kenny Dalglish took over performances have improved and the investment in Carroll and Uruguay forward Luis Suarez, who completed his £22.8million move from Ajax yesterday, has ensured the departure of Torres has not affected the improving mood within the club.
Carroll admits he was as surprised as anyone about how quickly his move from his home town club developed but he is keen to seize the opportunity.
"It's massive. Liverpool is a big club which is going places and this is a chance to show what I can do," he added.
"What I did at Newcastle has got me here and now I have to carry it on with Liverpool."
Dalglish is looking forward to working with a player who has the potential to become England's first-choice striker in the next few years, having made his international debut in November.
"This is a great opportunity for him. He was in the England squad last year and did very well," said the Reds boss.
"I know Newcastle will be deeply hurt to lose him but it's a great signing for us."
Stoke manager Tony Pulis has defensive worries as captain Ryan Shawcross is ruled out through suspension while Danny Higginbotham has a hamstring problem.
Full-back Andy Wilkinson has a back injury so Marc Wilson could come in, but Danny Collins is expected to return at left-back. Asmir Begovic could return in goal despite Thomas Sorensen impressing in the FA Cup win against Wolves.
Pulis is preparing for his side's visit to Anfield knowing that his men will not have it all their own way as they did when they last played Liverpool.
City's 2-0 home win in November was one of the many low points of Roy Hodgson's ill-fated and brief reign in charge of the Reds.
Pulis told his club's official website, www.stokecityfc.com: "Liverpool are playing with a lot more confidence, a lot more willingness to do what they are capable of as a group of players under Kenny and they have certainly turned things around.
"Beating them at our place was a special occasion, but I think a lot of sides were getting tremendous results against them back then. Things will be different this time, but what we have to do is go there and give it our best shot. We know it's going to be tough.
"Anfield is one of the special places to go and after what has happened there recently, it will no doubt be another big occasion."
Suarez debut strike lifts Reds
Luis Suarez scored on his debut as Liverpool concluded a turbulent few days with a valuable 2-0 victory over Stoke.
The Uruguayan slotted home the Reds' second goal of the game in front of the Kop to ensure Fernando Torres' #50million move to Chelsea was no longer the major talking point.
And if questions were being asked about how the Reds would cope in their former striker's absence then efforts by Suarez and Portugal midfielder Raul Meireles - with his third goal in four matches - provided a swift answer.
Record #35million signing Andy Carroll's introduction to the crowd before kick-off was the closest he is likely to get to the pitch for a month as he recovers from a thigh injury.
Unfortunately for Liverpool this was exactly the sort of game from which they would have benefited from the 6ft 3in powerhouse striker.
Conversely, it did not seem that suited his fellow new arrival, although arriving as a second-half substitute with his side already ahead made the task much easier.
The ball spent much of the first half in the air, which benefited Stoke far more than it did their hosts, and as a result Dirk Kuyt found his role as lone frontman a frustrating one at times.
Saying that, he had at least three chances of which at least one would probably have been converted by Torres.
Manager Kenny Dalglish had tailored Liverpool's formation specifically for the Potters, lining up 3-4-2-1 with Lucas Leiva and Fabio Aurelio holding in midfield and Steven Gerrard and Meireles supporting the Holland international up front.
The first chance fell to Sotirios Kyrgiakos, returning to the team in that back three to combat the aerial threat of John Carew, as he headed Gerrard's corner goalwards only for former Liverpool midfielder Salif Diao to clear two yards out.
Jon Walters fired over an angled shot from 10 yards and Carew headed over another ex-Red Jermaine Pennant's right-wing cross, with the hosts having penalty claims turned down when the ball appeared to hit Robert Huth's hand.
Stoke's tactics of keeping everything compact squeezed the life out of Liverpool and disrupted their passing game.
Suarez's appearance off the bench to jog down the touchline brought a standing ovation from the Kop, who as a result almost missed Asmir Begovic's brilliant reaction save to keep out Glen Johnson's close-range header.
Kuyt nodded wide Gerrard's cross and volleyed over from close range before shooting straight at the Stoke goalkeeper when a rare passing move involving Brazilians Lucas and Aurelio cut open the defence.
Within two minutes of the second half resuming Diao was booked for bringing down the advancing Daniel Agger and from the resulting free-kick Liverpool, somewhat fortuitously, took the lead.
Gerrard's low, driven free-kick deflected off Marc Wilson on the end of the wall to Kyrgiakos 12 yards out and although Huth nicked the ball off the defender Meireles was on hand to smash home left-footed.
Carew almost snatched an equaliser on the counter-attack with a shot which flashed across goalkeeper Jose Reina and wide of the far post before, just after the hour Suarez got his chance to start repaying his #22.8million transfer fee - a club record for a few hours on Monday.
His first contribution was to engage Abdoulaye Faye in a sprint which resulted in the Stoke centre-back pulling a hamstring.
One clever backheel to set up Martin Skrtel showed the Uruguayan was not short of confidence, despite not playing a game since December 8 because of a seven-match suspension for biting an opponent while playing for Ajax.
His next involvement was more decisive and was what the Kop had been waiting for.
Kuyt's through-ball sent the forward racing through and having gone round Begovic he rolled the ball goalwards.
For a few seconds it appeared Wilkinson would cut out the shot but his desperate clearance came back off the post and bounced over the line.
While the crowd were still celebrating Reina ensured there was no frantic final few minutes by punching away Walters' shot.
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