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  • Date:07 Oct 2012
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Anfield
  • Attendance:44,531
Goal!

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92:46 +2.46

Joe Cole has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.

92:22 +2.22

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Luis Suarez, clearance by Maurice Edu.

92:03 +2.03

The ball is crossed by Glen Johnson, Marc Wilson manages to make a clearance.

90:32 +0.32

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington from the left by-line.

89:46

Shot from inside the six-yard box by Martin Skrtel goes wide right of the goal.

89:00

Dean Whitehead challenges Raheem Sterling unfairly and gives away a free kick. The referee books Dean Whitehead for unsporting behaviour. Steven Gerrard restarts play with the free kick.

85:05

The ball is crossed by Steven Gerrard, save by Asmir Begovic.

83:08

Steven Gerrard delivers the ball, save made by Asmir Begovic.

82:49

The ball is crossed by Oussama Assaidi, Marc Wilson makes a clearance.

82:07

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

79:47

Charlie Adam leaves the field to be replaced by Maurice Edu.

78:11

Nuri Sahin leaves the field to be replaced by Oussama Assaidi.

76:57

Nuri Sahin has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

76:18

Jonathan Walters is ruled offside. Booking for Jonathan Walters. Indirect free kick taken by Jose Reina.

74:27

Joe Cole takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.

72:12

Charlie Adam gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Allen. The referee cautions Charlie Adam for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed by Steven Gerrard, Ryan Shawcross makes a clearance.

70:51

Effort from deep inside the area by Raheem Sterling misses to the right of the goal.

70:12

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

68:43

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Suarez by Ryan Shawcross. Ryan Shawcross receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Daniel Agger has an effort direct from the free kick.

66:26

Joe Cole comes on in place of Jesus Fernandez Saez.

65:29

Geoff Cameron gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jesus Fernandez Saez. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Nuri Sahin from left channel, clearance by Peter Crouch.

64:22

Marc Wilson takes a shot. Blocked by Andre Wisdom.

64:20

Steven Nzonzi produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.

62:48

Matthew Etherington on for Michael Kightly.

60:29

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Jesus Fernandez Saez from the right by-line to the near post, Robert Huth manages to make a clearance.

59:33

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Charlie Adam, clearance by Nuri Sahin.

58:49

Effort from deep inside the area by Luis Suarez misses to the left of the goal.

57:53

Raheem Sterling gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Geoff Cameron. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.

55:16

Peter Crouch challenges Glen Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Glen Johnson takes the direct free kick.

53:05

The ball is swung over by Geoff Cameron, Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.

52:05

Charlie Adam concedes a free kick for a foul on Jesus Fernandez Saez. Martin Skrtel takes the direct free kick.

51:08

Effort on goal by Glen Johnson from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

49:50

Glen Johnson takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.

48:26

Steven Gerrard crosses the ball, Marc Wilson makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Nuri Sahin from the right by-line, clearance made by Peter Crouch.

48:11

A cross is delivered by Steven Gerrard, clearance made by Ryan Shawcross.

46:24

Michael Kightly fouled by Andre Wisdom, the ref awards a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.

45:38 +0.38

Peter Crouch handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Glen Johnson restarts play with the free kick.

45:29

Glen Johnson produces a cross, Marc Wilson manages to make a clearance.

44:24

Unfair challenge on Asmir Begovic by Luis Suarez results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.

42:04

Luis Suarez produces a cross, clearance by Charlie Adam.

39:19

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Raheem Sterling by Charlie Adam. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Steven Gerrard, save made by Asmir Begovic.

38:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Glen Johnson by Jonathan Walters. Glen Johnson restarts play with the free kick.

36:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc Wilson on Jesus Fernandez Saez. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.

35:53

Nuri Sahin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Nzonzi. Direct free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.

34:43

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nuri Sahin by Steven Nzonzi. Free kick taken by Glen Johnson.

34:00

Shot from just outside the penalty box by Steven Gerrard misses to the left of the target.

32:11

Free kick awarded for a foul by Robert Huth on Luis Suarez. Robert Huth receives a yellow card. Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Gerrard.

29:28

Unfair challenge on Geoff Cameron by Raheem Sterling results in a free kick. Robert Huth restarts play with the free kick.

28:20

Jesus Fernandez Saez takes a shot. Blocked by Robert Huth. Shot from close range by Daniel Agger misses to the left of the target.

26:28

Shot from 30 yards by Steven Gerrard. Save by Asmir Begovic. Luis Suarez takes a short corner. Marc Wilson concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Suarez. Free kick taken by Nuri Sahin.

25:47

Charlie Adam is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Joe Allen.

23:45

Joe Allen fouled by Michael Kightly, the ref awards a free kick. Booking for Michael Kightly for unsporting behaviour. Martin Skrtel restarts play with the free kick.

22:19

Luis Suarez fouled by Robert Huth, the ref awards a free kick. Joe Allen restarts play with the free kick.

21:38

Foul by Luis Suarez on Ryan Shawcross, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.

19:31

Michael Kightly takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a save. Dean Whitehead replaces Glenn Whelan. Charlie Adam takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Glen Johnson manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Charlie Adam from the right by-line, Jose Reina makes a save.

17:03

Luis Suarez takes a shot. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in. Corner taken by Steven Gerrard, Robert Huth makes a clearance.

16:41

Glenn Whelan crosses the ball, clearance by Daniel Agger.

14:36

Foul by Peter Crouch on Daniel Agger, free kick awarded. Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.

13:05

Daniel Agger gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Crouch. Free kick crossed right-footed by Glenn Whelan from right wing, clearance made by Martin Skrtel. Corner taken by Glenn Whelan played to the near post, Nuri Sahin makes a clearance.

10:47

Unfair challenge on Nuri Sahin by Steven Nzonzi results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Steven Gerrard, save by Asmir Begovic.

9:44

The assistant referee flags for offside against Peter Crouch. Martin Skrtel restarts play with the free kick.

8:08

The ball is crossed by Daniel Agger, clearance by Marc Wilson.

7:26

Nuri Sahin takes a shot. Raheem Sterling gets a block in.

6:44

Effort on goal by Marc Wilson from 35 yards went harmlessly over the goal.

6:15

Luis Suarez challenges Robert Huth unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robert Huth restarts play with the free kick.

4:09

Charlie Adam takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.

3:14

Michael Kightly produces a cross.

1:20

Foul by Nuri Sahin on Glenn Whelan, free kick awarded. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.

Match Preview

Rodgers searching for answers at home Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers admits he is not entirely sure why the team's home record has been so poor in recent times, but insists there is no major "psychological" problem with his players at Anfield. Thursday's 3-2 Europa League defeat to Udinese means the Reds have now gone five games in all competitions without a win on their own turf, with their only victory there this term coming in a qualifier for the continental tournament against Belarusian outfit FC Gomel. Liverpool also struggled at Anfield last season under Rodgers' predecessor Kenny Dalglish, taking maximum points in just six of their 19 home Barclays Premier League matches. It is something Rodgers finds difficult to comprehend, but he has stressed the players are working hard to address the issue and is not convinced they are suffering any kind of stage fright. Speaking ahead of Sunday's home clash against Stoke, Rodgers said: "Sometimes it is just a confidence factor, and you also have to imagine that when any team comes to Anfield, it is one of the biggest games of the (visiting) players' lives. "Playing at home is certainly not a distraction. I think to play at Anfield is a real honour and a privilege and the support we get from the crowd is incredible. "The backing we get every time we play there is fantastic, so it is just one of those statistics there is no explanation for. "What you have to do is just try to work very hard. "We have performed well there this season - in the Europa League (qualifying) game we have won, and we have come close in a number of the Premier League games and should have won." Following his appointment as manager over the summer, Rodgers has had a mixed start to his tenure at Liverpool, with the team accruing only five points from their opening six league fixtures. He has been trying to introduce a dynamic, aesthetically-pleasing style of play at the club which is in sharp contrast to the direct approach Stoke are associated with. It is hard to deny that the Potters have impressed in terms of the way they have adapted to life in the Premier League since their promotion in 2008, achieving consistent mid-table finishes under boss Tony Pulis. Rodgers has nothing but praise for his opposite number and feels Stoke do not get the credit they deserve. "No matter what brand of football you play, playing against any team in this league is difficult, and Stoke are certainly one of those teams," Rodgers said. "I have great respect for Tony and the work he has done. He has taken Stoke a long, long way from the time he went in there." Stoke manager Tony Pulis expects a stern test by Liverpool despite the Reds' loss against Udinese on Thursday night. The Potters travel to Anfield with former Reds Michael Owen, Peter Crouch and Charlie Adam in their squad, as they go in search of their second Premier League victory of the season. Stoke opened their winning account last weekend against Swansea while Liverpool, who have made a stuttering start to their campaign and are currently in 14th place, got their first win against Norwich. Pulis knows his team will face a much-changed side from the Liverpool outfit who lost 3-2 to Udinese, with Reds boss Brendan Rodgers likely to keep the faith with the side who crushed the Canaries 5-2 last Saturday. Pulis said: "I thought they were very unfortunate (against Udinese). "They were in complete control of the game and then they scored just after half time and it was a totally different game. "It gave Udinese a lift. The second goal was an unfortunate goal. They played well, Liverpool, and it will be a tough game. "Obviously they missed, or didn't start with, half a dozen players who will be playing against us. "Steven (Gerrard) didn't start, (Luis) Suarez didn't start. (Raheem) Sterling didn't start. I'm expecting a completely different side. Maybe three players who started will play against us." Despite ominous signs that Liverpool are returning to their best after a lacklustre beginning to the season, Pulis is refusing to focus on anything other than his preparation. "You can never call a game," the Potters boss said. "The players have trained really well during the week and then you play poorly on the Saturday and then you'll have another occasion where the lads won't train so well during the week and they'll get a result. "It's a funny old game so it will be the team who turns up and plays well and hopefully we will get a few breaks. Udinese got a few and ended up winning the game so we need a few breaks."

Formation:433Manager: Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool

Formation: 451Manager: Tony Pulis

Stoke

  • Jose Reina
  • Andre Wisdom
  • Martin Skrtel
  • Daniel Agger
  • Glen Johnson
  • Steven Gerrard
  • Joe Allen
  • Nuri Sahin
  • Jesus Fernandez Saez
  • Luis Suarez
  • Raheem Sterling
  • SUBS
  • Brad Jones
  • Jordan Henderson
  • Joe Cole
  • Oussama Assaidi
  • Sebastian Coates
  • Jamie Carragher
  • Fabio Borini

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Match Report

Form Guide

    LDLDLW
  • Liverpool
  • VS
  • Stoke
  • DDDDLW

Last Meetings

  • Liverpool
  • 0 - 0
  • Stoke
  • 14/01/2012
  • Stoke
  • 1 - 0
  • Liverpool
  • 10/09/2011
  • Liverpool
  • 2 - 0
  • Stoke
  • 02/02/2011
  • Stoke
  • 2 - 0
  • Liverpool
  • 13/11/2010
  • Stoke
  • 1 - 1
  • Liverpool
  • 16/01/2010
  • Liverpool
  • 4 - 0
  • Stoke
  • 19/08/2009

Top Scorers

Liverpool

  • L Suarez 5
  • S Gerrard 2
  • M Skrtel 1
  • N Sahin 1

Stoke

  • P Crouch 4
  • M Kightly 1

Goals

Liverpool

    • Total goals 21
    • Goals per game 9
  • 1 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Stoke

    • Total goals 18
    • Goals per game 6
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 71-80 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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