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  • Date:18 Mar 2012
  • Kick-off:16:00
  • Venue:Anfield
  • Attendance:43,962
  • Suarez (22) Downing (56)
  • Crouch (25)
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95mins

Andy Wilkinson produces a cross, Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.

95mins

Centre by Sanchez Jose Enrique.

94mins

Short corner worked by Stewart Downing.

94mins

Corner taken short by Stewart Downing.

94mins

The ball is crossed by Jordan Henderson, Ryan Shawcross makes a clearance.

93mins

Marc Wilson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dirk Kuyt. Marc Wilson is shown a yellow card. Steven Gerrard takes the direct free kick.

92mins

Ryan Shawcross challenges Andy Carroll unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stewart Downing takes the free kick.

91mins

Jermaine Pennant takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Steven Gerrard.

91mins

Jermaine Pennant takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Dirk Kuyt makes a clearance.

89mins

Sebastian Coates replaces Martin Kelly. Luis Suarez leaves the field to be replaced by Jordan Henderson.

85mins

Foul by Martin Skrtel on Peter Crouch, free kick awarded. Jermaine Pennant crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Steven Gerrard manages to make a clearance.

80mins

Cameron Jerome takes a shot. Martin Kelly gets a block in.

80mins

Jay Spearing produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.

78mins

The ball is sent over by Steven Gerrard, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Andy Carroll misses to the left of the goal.

77mins

Ryan Shawcross concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Suarez. Ryan Shawcross is booked. Martin Skrtel restarts play with the free kick.

76mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Shawcross by Luis Suarez. Thomas Sorensen takes the direct free kick.

75mins

The ball is swung over by Jonathan Walters, clearance by Martin Kelly.

74mins

Rory Delap comes on in place of Dean Whitehead.

73mins

Effort on goal by Luis Suarez from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

73mins

Unfair challenge on Sanchez Jose Enrique by Ryan Shawcross results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.

72mins

Matthew Etherington goes off and Cameron Jerome comes on.

70mins

Dean Whitehead produces a cross, Andy Carroll makes a clearance.

68mins

Foul by Steven Gerrard on Jonathan Walters, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Matthew Etherington.

68mins

Luis Suarez takes a shot. Save made by Thomas Sorensen.

66mins

The ball is sent over by Andy Carroll, save made by Thomas Sorensen. The ball is crossed by Martin Kelly, Robert Huth makes a clearance.

64mins

Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Save made by Thomas Sorensen.

62mins

Steven Gerrard sends in a cross, clearance made by Ryan Shawcross.

61mins

Sanchez Jose Enrique fouled by Ryan Shotton, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Shotton goes off and Jermaine Pennant comes on. Dirk Kuyt replaces Rodriguez Maxi. Shot comes in from Luis Suarez from the free kick.

58mins

Peter Crouch concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Kelly. Jamie Carragher takes the free kick.

57mins

Stewart Downing fires in a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Liverpool 2-1 Stoke.The assist for the goal came from Steven Gerrard.

56mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jonathan Walters. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.

54mins

The ball is crossed by Matthew Etherington.

54mins

Steven Gerrard delivers the ball, Robert Huth manages to make a clearance.

54mins

The ball is swung over by Sanchez Jose Enrique, clearance by Ryan Shawcross.

53mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Walters on Jay Spearing. Steven Gerrard restarts play with the free kick.

52mins

Unfair challenge on Rodriguez Maxi by Andy Wilkinson results in a free kick. A cross is delivered by Stewart Downing, Close range header by Luis Suarez misses to the right of the target.

52mins

Sanchez Jose Enrique sends in a cross, Glenn Whelan manages to make a clearance.

51mins

The ball is delivered by Ryan Shotton, Jose Reina makes a save.

49mins

The ball is swung over by Ryan Shotton, Jamie Carragher makes a clearance.

48mins

The ball is crossed by Steven Gerrard, Robert Huth makes a clearance.

47mins

Robert Huth challenges Andy Carroll unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.

47mins

The ball is swung over by Andy Carroll. The referee penalises Luis Suarez for handball. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.

47mins

Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Blocked by Robert Huth.

46mins

The ball is sent over by Sanchez Jose Enrique, save by Thomas Sorensen.

46mins

Shot from 25 yards from Steven Gerrard. Thomas Sorensen makes a save.

42mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Suarez by Ryan Shawcross. Luis Suarez takes the direct free kick. Shot from just outside the box by Steven Gerrard misses to the right of the target.

42mins

The ball is crossed by Luis Suarez, save made by Thomas Sorensen.

42mins

Stewart Downing produces a cross, Robert Huth makes a clearance.

42mins

Centre by Stewart Downing, Ryan Shawcross manages to make a clearance.

40mins

Foul by Jonathan Walters on Martin Skrtel, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.

37mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Shawcross by Luis Suarez. Thomas Sorensen takes the direct free kick.

35mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marc Wilson by Stewart Downing. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.

33mins

Effort from deep inside the area by Stewart Downing misses to the left of the goal.

33mins

Jonathan Walters has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

31mins

The ball is crossed by Jay Spearing, Shot from deep inside the area by Andy Carroll clears the crossbar.

30mins

Luis Suarez fouled by Andy Wilkinson, the ref awards a free kick. Andy Wilkinson goes into the referee's book. Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Gerrard from left wing, clearance made by Peter Crouch.

29mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Carroll on Robert Huth. Thomas Sorensen takes the direct free kick.

27mins

Jose Reina shown a yellow card.

26mins

Matthew Etherington takes the inswinging corner, Peter Crouch finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Liverpool 1-1 Stoke.The assist for the goal came from Matthew Etherington.

26mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Glenn Whelan from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Martin Kelly.

25mins

Short corner taken by Glenn Whelan, Glenn Whelan takes a shot. Sanchez Jose Enrique gets a block in.

25mins

Centre by Andy Wilkinson, Jamie Carragher makes a clearance.

24mins

Andy Carroll concedes a free kick for a foul on Glenn Whelan. Robert Huth restarts play with the free kick.

23mins

Luis Suarez fires in a goal from just outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Liverpool 1-0 Stoke.Rodriguez Maxi provided the assist for the goal.

22mins

Martin Kelly crosses the ball.

21mins

Ryan Shotton produces a right-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.

20mins

Rodriguez Maxi takes a shot. Andy Wilkinson gets a block in.

19mins

Andy Wilkinson challenges Rodriguez Maxi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Rodriguez Maxi.

15mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jay Spearing by Glenn Whelan. Glenn Whelan receives a yellow card. Free kick taken by Jamie Carragher.

14mins

Martin Kelly produces a cross, blocked by Marc Wilson.

12mins

Ryan Shotton delivers the ball, Peter Crouch takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.

11mins

The ball is sent over by Stewart Downing, clearance made by Robert Huth.

10mins

Marc Wilson fouled by Andy Carroll, the ref awards a free kick. Robert Huth takes the direct free kick.

9mins

Ryan Shotton challenges Sanchez Jose Enrique unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.

8mins

Unfair challenge on Steven Gerrard by Ryan Shotton results in a free kick. Jose Reina takes the free kick.

7mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert Huth by Luis Suarez. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.

5mins

Martin Kelly concedes a free kick for a foul on Matthew Etherington. Martin Kelly is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed right-footed by Glenn Whelan from left wing, clearance by Steven Gerrard.

4mins

Sanchez Jose Enrique sends in a cross.

2mins

Unfair challenge on Luis Suarez by Andy Wilkinson results in a free kick. Steven Gerrard sends in a cross, Header from close range by Rodriguez Maxi misses to the right of the goal.

Match Preview

Kuyt used to Stoke style Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt admits his very first encounters with Sunday's FA Cup opponents Stoke were an entirely new experience for him. With the Potters well on their way to securing a fifth successive season in the Barclays Premier League most top flight sides have become well accustomed to their style. But when Kuyt initially came up against them is was something of a shock. "I was not used to playing against these types of teams in Holland," said the World Cup runner-up. "I've never played against another team in Europe who play like that. "They've got a good team and physically they're one of the strongest teams in the league. "But they're doing well, they're getting results and if you see what they have achieved over the last couple of years, it's impressive." Familiarity with Stoke's methods will not be a problem on Sunday in the quarter-final at Anfield as it will be the fourth meeting of the season. The Potters are ahead on results in the current campaign, having won in the league at the Britannia and left Anfield with a goalless draw in January, although Liverpool did beat them in Staffordshire on the way to their Carling Cup triumph. Overall the Reds' record is much better against Stoke. In six FA Cup meetings, which includes two replays, the Potters have never won or even scored. The Potters have also not had a victory at Anfield since 1959, a run of 32 matches without success. But Kuyt is wary of how difficult Tony Pulis' side can make things for opponents and they will not be underestimated. "It's always tough against Stoke. You know what it's about and we know what Stoke City are about," he told liverpoolfc.tv. "The Premier League is about the physical game. There is a lot of quality but physically it's also one of the toughest leagues." Kuyt will come face to face with former team-mate Peter Crouch again with the tall striker after he was rested for last weekend's match at Chelsea despite scoring twice in three matches. "It was great to play with him. He was a great player here, he scored some great goals, and he was also a great lad in the dressing room and outside the training ground," said the 31-year-old. "He is very strong in the air but, especially when he was here, he was very good with his feet as well. Peter is a special player." Dalglish has injury concerns over Craig Bellamy and Glen Johnson with the former more likely to return after missing the midweek Merseyside derby victory. He will consider making changes to his side, however, with a league match at QPR on Wednesday to consider as well but that will not mean he will put out a weakened team. Stoke are aiming to clinch a third Wembley appearance in 12 months to kick off what manager Tony Pulis described as the toughest week of a gruelling season. Three years after they were promoted to the top flight, the Potters made it all the way to the FA Cup final last season, thrashing Bolton 5-0 in the semi-finals at Wembley before losing narrowly to Manchester City. It was another highlight in a hugely successful era for the club under the guidance of Pulis, which has been made all the better by the hard times. "It means everything to me and everybody connected with this football club," said the Welshman. "We know how important it is. We've had the disappointment. "We went to Chelsea two years ago and ended up getting beaten there in the quarter-finals and that was difficult to take. "Luckily last year it went for us. We had a great home tie in the quarter-finals and managed to get through, and obviously the rest is history." The FA Cup exploits earned Stoke a place in the Europa League and an adventure that took in trips to Split, Kiev, Tel Aviv and Istanbul before they fell to Valencia in the last 16. But a season that started in July and has already included 45 matches does not get any easier, with a trip to Tottenham to come in the Barclays Premier League on Wednesday before Manchester City visit the Britannia Stadium next Saturday. Pulis said: "It's probably the hardest run we've had. They don't get tougher than that but we're in the Premier League, we're still in the FA Cup, we've been in Europe. This is something the punters could only dream about a few years ago." Stoke will be virtually at full strength, with Ricardo Fuller the only player missing as he begins a three-match ban for his red card against Chelsea last weekend. end

Formation:442Manager: Kenny Dalglish

Liverpool

Formation: 442Manager: Tony Pulis

Stoke

  • Jose Reina
  • Martin Kelly
  • Jamie Carragher
  • Martin Skrtel
  • Sanchez Jose Enrique
  • Rodriguez Maxi
  • Steven Gerrard
  • Jay Spearing
  • Stewart Downing
  • Luis Suarez
  • Andy Carroll
  • SUBS
  • Alexander Doni
  • Jordan Henderson
  • Sebastian Coates
  • Dirk Kuyt
  • Charlie Adam
  • Jon Flanagan
  • Jonjo Shelvey

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