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

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94:42 +4.42

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

94:14 +4.14

Centre by Sanchez Jose Enrique.

93:46 +3.46

Short corner worked by Stewart Downing.

93:15 +3.15

Corner taken short by Stewart Downing.

93:05 +3.05

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

92:12 +2.12

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.

91:42 +1.42

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

90:40 +0.40

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

90:30 +0.30

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

88:10

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

84:47

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.

79:47

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

79:09

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

77:10

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.

76:19

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

75:44

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

74:30

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

73:07

Rory Delap comes on in place of Dean Whitehead.

72:54

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

72:04

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

71:19

Matthew Etherington goes off and Cameron Jerome comes on.

69:42

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

67:39

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

67:09

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

65:23

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.

63:56

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

61:41

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

60:09

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.

57:48

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

56:55

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.

55:22

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

53:59

The ball is crossed by Matthew Etherington.

53:32

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

53:18

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

52:46

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

51:32

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.

51:18

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

50:30

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

48:58

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

47:10

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

46:43

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

46:30 +1.30

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

46:17 +1.17

Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Blocked by Robert Huth.

45:42 +0.42

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

45:30

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

41:59

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.

41:12

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

41:07

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

41:01

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

39:37

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

36:39

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

34:02

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

32:49

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

32:10

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

30:22

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

29:20

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.

28:15

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

26:45

Jose Reina shown a yellow card.

25:35

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.

25:10

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

24:45

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

24:11

Centre by Andy Wilkinson, Jamie Carragher makes a clearance.

23:23

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

22:23

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.

21:08

Martin Kelly crosses the ball.

20:29

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

19:42

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

18:56

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

14:53

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.

13:55

Martin Kelly produces a cross, blocked by Marc Wilson.

11:53

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

10:58

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

9:01

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

8:28

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

7:29

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

6:54

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

4:26

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.

3:39

Sanchez Jose Enrique sends in a cross.

1:33

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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