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Sanchez Jose Enrique fouled by Dean Whitehead, the ref awards a free kick. Jonathan Walters is cautioned. Craig Bellamy delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save made by Thomas Sorensen.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert Huth by Andy Carroll. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
Steven Gerrard crosses the ball, Robert Huth makes a clearance.
Ricardo Fuller gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sebastian Coates. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Steven Gerrard, save made by Thomas Sorensen.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Bellamy, Rory Delap manages to make a clearance.
Matthew Etherington leaves the field to be replaced by Ricardo Fuller. Craig Bellamy takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Glenn Whelan manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Craig Bellamy, Header from close range by Martin Skrtel clears the bar.
A cross is delivered by Charlie Adam, Marc Wilson manages to make a clearance.
Martin Skrtel sends in a cross, clearance made by Ryan Shawcross.
Craig Bellamy produces a cross, Dirk Kuyt has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.
Effort on goal by Charlie Adam from 35+ yards. Thomas Sorensen makes a save.
Andy Carroll is flagged offside by the assistant referee. (Stoke) makes a substitution, with Andy Wilkinson coming on for Jonathan Woodgate. Ryan Shawcross takes the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Sanchez Jose Enrique, Close range headed effort by Dirk Kuyt misses to the right of the target.
A cross is delivered by Steven Gerrard, clearance by Robert Huth.
Glen Johnson produces a cross, Glenn Whelan makes a clearance.
Craig Bellamy comes on in place of Jordan Henderson. Inswinging corner taken by Charlie Adam from the right by-line, Ryan Shawcross makes a clearance.
Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam from the right by-line, Thomas Sorensen makes a comfortable save.
Centre by Sebastian Coates, Robert Huth manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Charlie Adam by Peter Crouch results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Martin Skrtel.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert Huth by Martin Skrtel. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Andy Carroll by Dean Whitehead results in a free kick. Charlie Adam delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, clearance by Ryan Shawcross.
Shot from outside the penalty box by Jonathan Walters goes wide right of the goal.
Shot by Jordan Henderson. Blocked by Dean Whitehead.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Whitehead by Charlie Adam. Free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
Effort from long distance by Charlie Adam goes wide right of the goal.
Dean Whitehead joins the action as a substitute, replacing Wilson Palacios.
Jordan Henderson takes a shot. Andy Carroll gets a block in.
Sanchez Jose Enrique delivers the ball, clearance by Ryan Shawcross.
Unfair challenge on Andy Carroll by Robert Huth results in a free kick. Jamie Carragher takes the direct free kick.
Charlie Adam is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
Steven Gerrard takes the inswinging corner, Ryan Shawcross manages to make a clearance.
Andy Carroll replaces Stewart Downing.
Stewart Downing crosses the ball, blocked by Jonathan Woodgate.
Foul by Wilson Palacios on Dirk Kuyt, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Dirk Kuyt.
Sebastian Coates gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters. Matthew Etherington delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance by Martin Skrtel.
The ball is swung over by Sanchez Jose Enrique, Thomas Sorensen makes a comfortable save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Charlie Adam on Glenn Whelan. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.
Stewart Downing sends in a cross, Marc Wilson manages to make a clearance.
Shot from outside the penalty box by Glen Johnson goes wide right of the goal.
Robert Huth concedes a free kick for a foul on Dirk Kuyt. Free kick taken by Charlie Adam.
Centre by Jordan Henderson, Ryan Shawcross makes a clearance.
Stewart Downing sends in a cross, clearance made by Glenn Whelan.
Matthew Etherington takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Steven Gerrard.
Glen Johnson takes a shot. Blocked by Marc Wilson.
Centre by Dirk Kuyt, clearance made by Rory Delap.
Stewart Downing sends in a cross, clearance by Glenn Whelan.
Jonathan Woodgate sends in a cross, clearance made by Martin Skrtel.
Glen Johnson crosses the ball.
The ball is delivered by Stewart Downing, clearance made by Jonathan Woodgate.
Jonathan Walters delivers the ball, Jamie Carragher makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Stewart Downing from the right by-line to the near post, Glenn Whelan makes a clearance.
Glen Johnson sends in a cross, Robert Huth manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Jonathan Woodgate, clearance by Martin Skrtel.
Jordan Henderson takes a shot. Thomas Sorensen makes a comfortable save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sanchez Jose Enrique by Wilson Palacios. Free kick crossed by Steven Gerrard, Robert Huth makes a clearance.
Shot from 35 yards by Steven Gerrard went wide right of the target.
Effort on goal by Stewart Downing from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.
Foul by Ryan Shawcross on Charlie Adam, free kick awarded. Ryan Shawcross receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed by Steven Gerrard, Robert Huth makes a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Martin Skrtel.
Sanchez Jose Enrique produces a cross, clearance by Marc Wilson.
Matthew Etherington takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Jose Reina makes a save.
Foul by Charlie Adam on Rory Delap, free kick awarded. Ryan Shawcross takes the direct free kick.
Jonathan Woodgate gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stewart Downing. Charlie Adam crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, Glenn Whelan makes a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Martin Skrtel, clearance by Jonathan Walters.
Corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line, Thomas Sorensen makes a comfortable save.
Corner taken by Charlie Adam played to the near post, clearance made by Jonathan Woodgate.
Corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard to the near post, Ryan Shawcross manages to make a clearance.
Centre by Jordan Henderson, comfortable save by Thomas Sorensen.
The ball is delivered by Charlie Adam, Glenn Whelan makes a clearance.
Peter Crouch concedes a free kick for a foul on Charlie Adam. Free kick taken by Martin Skrtel.
Effort from the edge of the area by Matthew Etherington goes wide of the left-hand post.
The referee blows for offside against Dirk Kuyt. Ryan Shawcross takes the free kick.
Dalglish: Gerrard could be Reds' best ever
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish believes captain Steven Gerrard could continue playing well into his late 30s if his fitness holds out.
The England midfielder, who will be 32 in May, signed an extension to his existing deal, but is already looking to go beyond his current contract.
Dalglish admits fitness will play a big part - Gerrard's last year has been dogged by a groin problem which required surgery and then an ankle infection - but sees no reason why the talismanic skipper cannot emulate Manchester United's Ryan Giggs.
"You have to wait and see how they get through injuries," said the Scot. "Giggs is 38, isn't he? That's seven years down the line - that's a long time to predict - but if he's fit there's no reason why not.
"I've not got a crystal ball. I'm just delighted he's done what he's done and we have got him here."
Dalglish has always been considered Liverpool's greatest player but the Reds boss believes Gerrard must now come into the reckoning, saying: "I wouldn't disagree he has certainly made a huge contribution to the club but he wouldn't be far away from being mentioned as the best player."
Gerrard will be involved in Saturday's clash with Stoke, alongside Jose Enrique.
Enrique was left out for tactical reasons in the Carling Cup semi-final first leg win over Manchester City but is likely to return.
Midfielder Jay Spearing sustained a minor hamstring injury in midweek and that is likely to allow Charlie Adam to regain his place.
Stoke boss Tony Pulis is hoping the encounter will not see the referee come under the spotlight again like in the previous two meetings between the sides this season.
Reds manager Kenny Dalglish was unhappy with several decisions made by match official Mark Clattenburg during his team's 1-0 league defeat at the Britannia Stadium in September.
Pulis' feelings were then similar after the Potters were beaten 2-1 at the same venue by the Merseysiders in the Carling Cup the following month.
The Welshman's criticism of referee Lee Probert on that occasion led to him being warned as to his future conduct by the Football Association and handed a #10,000 fine, which he subsequently appealed against and is still waiting to hear further news about.
There has been more controversy involving Liverpool this week after a two-footed tackle by Reds defender Glen Johnson on Manchester City's Joleon Lescott went unpunished, and Pulis does not want such issues to be at the fore once more in the game tomorrow.
"I think with every game you go into, you hope it is won and lost by the players," Pulis said. "You hope that referees don't affect it in terms of decisions that change a game of football.
"That is all you hope for, but they are human beings and they will make mistakes like every player and manager does."
Pulis has concerns over a number of players.
Defenders Jonathan Woodgate, Marc Wilson and Ryan Shotton are all nursing what Pulis describes as "niggles" and will be assessed.
Andy Wilkinson could return at the back having overcome his recent knee injury, while the likes of goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen, winger Matthew Etherington and striker Peter Crouch are set to be restored to the team after they were rested for last weekend's FA Cup victory at Gillingham.
Reds frustrated in stalemate
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish failed to come up with the winning formula at Anfield as his side were held to a goalless draw against Stoke.
An unfamiliar line-up to combat the visitors' obvious physical strengths initially appeared to cause more problems for the Reds than it did their opponents.
It took until after the break for Dalglish's side to find their feet but they still struggled to carve out chances against the obdurate Potters and it cost them yet another three points.
They may still be unbeaten at home this season but they have now drawn seven of their 11 matches and the issue is starting to become more of a problem.
The point was exactly what Stoke had come for, however, and they left happy after doing a textbook job in stifling their hosts' creative abilities.
Liverpool lined up in the same 3-4-2-1 formation with which they beat Stoke at home last season but with the personnel different - including summer signing Sebastian Coates being given his first Barclays Premier League start - they struggled to adjust.
Dirk Kuyt, without a league goal since the final day of last season, lacked support up front and while Glen Johnson, on the right of midfield, roamed everywhere on the opposite flank Jose Enrique got forward less than he did playing at left-back.
There appeared to be misunderstanding and confusion everywhere Liverpool turned and Stoke were more than grateful to watch it all unfold in front of them with little intervention required on their part.
Very little quality was evident in the first half - Steven Gerrard's raking 60-yard crossfield ball straight to the feet of Enrique apart - as players ran down the blind alleys Stoke shepherded them into.
In fact the visitors had probably the best chance midway through the first half from a quick counter-attack but even then Matt Etherington's shot from outside the penalty area was easily saved by Jose Reina.
Stewart Downing, Gerrard and Jordan Henderson all had shots from distance but only the latter's troubled goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen.
For all their struggles at home this season, with four wins and six draws in 10 matches before kick-off, it was easily the worst 45 minutes seen at Anfield since Dalglish returned as manager a year ago.
There was a slight improvement after the break but not to the standard expected of a side with top-four ambitions.
Johnson twice cut in from the right to shoot with his left foot, having his first blocked and dragging the second wide, and when Enrique finally got forward his cross from the left byline was too close to Sorensen.
Striker Andy Carroll made his entrance in the 59th minute to replace Downing and immediately caused a problem with Robert Huth putting him a headlock, unseen by referee Howard Webb, from Gerrard's corner.
The England international's next intervention was less helpful, however, blocking Henderson's goalbound volley from Enrique's cross before then deciding he required a change of footwear.
Gerrard's threaded through ball picked out the toiling Kuyt in the area but the Holland international's first touch let him down.
The Dutchman was to miss Liverpool's best two chances in the final 13 minutes when he headed Enrique's deflected cross wide and then nodded into the side-netting at the far post.
Prior to those chances he had also gone down in the area as he tried to reach Johnson's cross after Carroll had twice appeared to be fouled by Huth in the box.
Martin Skrtel's downward header from Craig Bellamy's corner bounced over and with it went his side's chances of getting a winner as the hosts ran out of ideas.
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