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Premier League

  • 10 September 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
  • Referee: M. Clattenburg
  • • Attendance: 27592

Live Commentary

  • It’s over. Great resilient display from Stoke City. Well earned 3 points. Liverpool feel aggrieved about the Upson penalty claim but just couldn’t break Stoke today
  • 90' + 5'
    Stoke freekick high in Liverpool’s half. That should be that
  • 90' + 5'
    Suarez has missed a bit of a sitter. Half volley, inside the Stoke box, half the goal gaping and he misses the target. You’d expect him to score that
  • 90' + 4'
    Threat still not cleared by Stoke. Every Stoke man in their own box
  • 90' + 3'
    Freekick for Liverpool to launch into the Stoke box
  • 90' + 3'
    Lucas barges into Begovic after the keeper collected a loose ball. The keeper makes a meal of it to wind down the clock
  • 90' + 1'
    It did hit Upson’s arm. Seen them given for less. Suarez booked but had a point there
  • 90'
    Yellow Card Luis Suárez
  • 90'
    Super play between Downing and Suarez. Corner forced. Suarez wanted a penalty for handball. Love the reaction from Suarez. He hounds the assistant referee, sprinting over to him appealing
  • 89'
    5 minutes to be added on at the Britannia
  • 88'
    Shawcross named man of the match. I’d say that’s just about right. He’s just shaded his mate Upson today. Both have been superb
  • 88'
    Great chance Bellamy. Downing does very well and delivers a great right footed cross. Bellamy at the back stick fails to hit the target. Poor from the Welshman
  • 86'
    It leads to a Carroll shot which is appealed for a Stoke handball. Not given and the home fans now mock Liverpool with ‘handball’ chants
  • 86'
    Wilkinson concedes another corner
  • 85'
    Will the Britannia jinx continue then for Liverpool? 5 minutes left to eradicate this record of theirs
  • 85'
    Good play Downing. His cross almost finds Suarez, defended well by Shawcross. Corner and the short option leads to a high and wide Downing effort
  • 84'
    Time ticking at the Britannia for Liverpool. You can sense the desperation from them. Another hopeful Adam clip defended
  • 81'
    SubstitutionMartin Skrtel Glen Johnson
  • 81'
    Agger has a sight of goal and probably wishes he didn’t now. High, very high
  • 80'
    A clash of heads will give Stoke some breathing space. Wilkinson clashes with Agger
  • 79'
    Good hit from Suarez. He’s shot goes wide and somehow gets a corner from it. Defended bravely again by Stoke
  • 78'
    Cleared and Liverpool back on the attack here
  • 78'
    Tussling in the box again and the referee blows up. Corner to be retaken
  • 77'
    Matt Upson has collected a knock from that incident. Hope it’s not too serious. He has been immense today
  • 77'
    Suarez jinxing in the box and again they double up on him. Corner forced. Good defending
  • 76'
    All Liverpool here now. Downing, Suarez, Bellamy and Carroll all linking up well and trying to force this goal
  • 75'
    Good link up with Bellamy and Suarez creates a half chance for Suarez. Only a half chance because of the constant presence of Stoke defenders. The deflected shot rolls into Begovic
  • 73'
    Stoke’s defensive banks are working so well. Liverpool trying to find that killer pass because of the organized home side but just can’t get it right
  • 71'
    SubstitutionRory Delap Wilson Palacios
  • 70'
    Another debut here. Wilson Palacios is on for Stoke
  • 69'
    Great chance Liverpool. Bellamy lets in Enrique and his cross at the back stick finds a free Downing. His header is well collected by Begovic though
  • 69'
    Great break from Stoke but what was more impressive was the slide tackle on the half way line from the tracking Luis Suarez. Love this kids attitude
  • 68'
    So, Suarez, Bellamy and Carroll all on now. Interesting last 20 minutes here
  • 67'
    SubstitutionMatthew Etherington Kenwyne Jones
  • 67'
    SubstitutionJordan Henderson Craig Bellamy
  • 67'
    SubstitutionDirk Kuyt Andy Carroll
  • 67'
    Here come the changes. It’s Kenny’s gamble, Liverpool desperate for something here. Henderson and Kuyt make way. Big Jones also on for Stoke
  • 66'
    Andy Carroll and Craig Bellamy to come on
  • 65'
    Huth leaves the field. Superb display from the big man. Wilkinson on
  • 65'
    Henderson tries to redeem that miss with an effort 25 yards out cutting in on the right foot. Row Z hit
  • 64'
    SubstitutionRobert Huth Andy Wilkinson
  • 63'
    4 Begovic saves there. 2 from Henderson and 2 from Adam. The corner amounted to nothing but Liverpool are turning the screw here
  • 62'
    Henderson goes through one on one with Begovic. Save, another stab, save. The ball squirms to Adam, chance, another save. Then finally out for a corner. Superb Stoke resistance but Henderson should have scored
  • 61'
    What a chance Liverpool!
  • 60'
    Whitehead caught by Henderson just as Liverpool tried to counter a Stoke break
  • 59'
    Dalglish Clarke discussions going on. Carroll or Bellamy? Or both?
  • 58'
    Great move Liverpool. Adam plays his best ball of the day and frees Enrique. His cross toward Suarez is cut out but a goal kick given. Close call
  • 56'
    Liverpool win a throw high in Stoke territory. The home side so organized here though, it’s hard for them to break through. Another Suarez run halted
  • 55'
    Stoke dealing with everything Liverpool throw at them. Begovic’s box may have been busy today but the keeper hasn’t really had a save to make up to now
  • 54'
    Good Downing play creates a Lucas shot which is deflected. Another corner and some more superb Stoke defending. Bodies on the line here
  • 53'
    Downing now operating down the right hand side. Big Robert Huth has also switched to stamp out that danger. That’s how good the winger has been this season, big threat on song
  • 52'
    Good Pennant delivery and its finally cleared. Liverpool try to break but Adam’s pass is poor toward Downing
  • 51'
    Another Liverpool move thwarted on the edge of Stoke’s box. The home side break and win a corner
  • 51'
    Another Liverpool move thwarted on the edge of Stoke’s box. The home side break and win a corner
  • 50'
    Liverpool pressing for this equalizer but Stoke are so tough to break down. There soaking things up well up to now
  • 49'
    More good defending on show. Upson doesn’t buy a Suarez dummy and slides in on the wee man
  • 48'
    Great play Delap. Gets a cross in toward the near post and Walters is waiting. Good defending Skrtel
  • 47'
    The longer this stays 1-0 will be interesting in what Dalglish does. Do you get big Carroll on and go like for like physically or bring on the pacey Bellamy?
  • 46'
    Your teaser answers are: Marcus Bent 8 and Andy Cole 7
  • 46'
    Here we go, Stoke get us going again
  • Join us for the second half in 15 minutes, plenty of football left in this one. Here’s your half time teaser. Only two players have played for more different clubs in the Premier League than Liverpool’s Craig Bellamy (6). Can you name them? #goalcomm on Twitter
  • There’s the half time whistle. Liverpool’s bright lead was for nothing after Walters won and scored a Stoke penalty
  • 45' + 1'
    Adam’s freekick delivery is poor. Word in the ear for Delap from the referee. 2 minutes stoppage here
  • 45'
    Ouch. Delap is late on Suarez and the little man yelps. Bad challenge but no real damage – or a booking?
  • 44'
    Shawcross wins the header battling with Skrtel. It goes over but again Skrtel has a grip on the Stoke captain
  • 43'
    Walters gets a Stoke corner late on in this first half
  • 42'
    Stoke just about clear it. Liverpool press again and Suarez spins into the box. Gets his shot away but it doesn’t trouble Begovic
  • 41'
    Its yet another Liverpool corner. Here comes our left footer Adam to take
  • 40'
    DID YOU KNOW? Charlie Adam's goal against Bolton was the first time he had scored in the Premier League with his right foot?
  • 39'
    Delightful ball out to the left hand side by Adam is controlled by Enrique’s arm. Not sure what the left backs complaints are with that really
  • 38'
    Etherington is getting some treatment here. Took a knock after that Skrtel chance. Don’t think the wee man realized the centre half was coming onto it to be honest and wasn’t prepared for the impact
  • 36'
    Stoke doubling up well on Suarez but this time he gets clear to fire a ball across the Stoke box. Skrtel is the man arriving and he blasts over under pressure from Etherington
  • 35'
    A massive Delap throw causes a little panic in Liverpool’s box but Lucas eventually clears. There still unreal to watch
  • 34'
    Liverpool broke after that freekick was defended very well. Could be an area Dalglish will exploit second half when the big men go forward for set plays
  • 33'
    Adam concedes a freekick fouling Pennant. Looking frustrated after a poor touch
  • 31'
    Great breakaway from Etherington but an even better tackle from Lucas. Been impressive the little Brazilian so far
  • 30'
    This time Begovic collects easily
  • 29'
    It’s another Liverpool corner here though
  • 29'
    Much better from Stoke and what a take on the chest by Peter Crouch in that move. Their growing in confidence since the goal
  • 27'
    A few of these long balls going astray today due to the strong wind
  • 26'
    Oh dear Charlie Adam. Half way line attempts a shot. Terrible effort trickles into Begovic
  • 25'
    Suarez so close again. Shawcross blocks a good effort on an unprotected goal after Begovic missed the cross
  • 24'
    Liverpool trying to respond now. Good chorus of ‘swing low sweet chariot’ doing the rounds. Well done today lads
  • 23'
    Walters may look to have gone down a little easy but he’s done well to get in that position and Carragher has his hands round him. Good decision for me
  • 22'
    Not sure Dalglish will be too happy with decision but Walters did very well to get on the wrong side of Carragher. I’d say the Liverpool boss would be impressed with the forwards play if he’s being honest
  • 21'
    Smash! Great hit by Walters into the roof of Reina’s net. No mistake
  • 20'
    Penalty Goal Jonathan Walters
  • 20'
    GOAL!! Walters
  • 20'
    Walters does very well to get his body between Carragher and the goal. The Liverpool skipper pulls him down. Walters stepping up
  • 19'
  • 19'
    Remember to get involved in Twitter today folks. the #goalcomm before or after your comments
  • 18'
    Downing shows his right foot really isn’t as good as his left. Cuts in and from 20 yards has a stab at goal. Trickles wide of the mark
  • 17'
    Stoke surviving. Just. Great Adam corner and after a couple of attempted clearances, Upson forces a freekick far side. Liverpool looking strong here
  • 16'
    To the tune of Tag Team if you’re wondering….anyway, Liverpool corner
  • 15'
    Huth cuts out a Downing threat to admiration of “HUTH, there it is” from the home faithful. Like it
  • 14'
    Good move Stoke. Walters and Etherington get some joy down the left after some nice play. The wingers cross is low and taken cleanly by Reina
  • 13'
    Was a handball shout from that throw in. Kuyt’s flick just caught Delap’s trailing arm. Would have been very harsh if given
  • 12'
    Suarez looking a real danger. He’s harassing this Stoke backline at every opportunity. Wins a throw in high up the pitch for his troubles
  • 11'
    Stoke just struggling to get their passes in at the minute. No surprise their main threats so far have been direct balls into the Liverpool box
  • 10'
    Carragher leaves the field to get a cut attended to on his head. Typical Carra barking instructions at the boys on the pitch before going off
  • 9'
    Great whip in by Etherington but Skrtel, who’s holding Shawcross, defends the danger. Risky business that
  • 9'
    Another freekick won by Stoke, further up the pitch. Silly nudge by Skrtel on Crouch. Dangerous position this
  • 8'
    Late by Adam. The Scotsman caught Whitehead. Just a warning though, nothing malicious in that
  • 7'
    First Delap throw. He bombs one into the box looking for Crouch but the tame flick rolls through to Reina
  • 5'
    Great start from the visitors here
  • 5'
    Great move Liverpool. Lucas splits them in two with a ball left for Downing. The England mans cut back is intercepted though
  • 4'
    Very close for Suarez. Great ball from Charlie Adam and the little Uruguayan just miss times his effort. The ball squirms clear with Suarez 3 yards out
  • 3'
    Liverpool corner forced. Great work from Suarez troubling Shawcross
  • 2'
    Suarez blasts his first effort on goal over. Good work from Kuyt to create the opening on the edge of Stoke’s box
  • 2'
    Very vocal the home fans here. Great atmosphere and you can sense the growing expectations
  • 1'
    Crouch penalized at the back stick. Seen plenty of them. Leans on Carragher
  • 1'
    Early freekick for Stoke. Crouch no doubt the target
  • 1'
    Ok here we go, Liverpool get us underway at the Britannia
  • Another Stoke debut in the Premier League goes to Matthew Upson. Liverpool’s new boy Craig Bellamy joins £35 million pound signing Andy Carroll on the bench
  • Peter Crouch walks out against his old club in new colours. Smiles all round during the handshakes
  • It’s a blustery Stoke this afternoon. Good atmosphere here, teams preparing to leave the tunnel
  • However I, as many others, am anticipating a good contest here. Liverpool looked to have spent very well if their start to this season is anything to go by and Stoke’s recent work in the transfer market could potentially take them to the next level
  • Liverpool haven't won at the Britannia Stadium in the Premier League, drawing two and losing one of their three games here
  • My name is David Cockcroft and I’ll be taking you through today’s action. Please join in using your Twitter accounts at any point of today’s game using the #goalcomm before or after your comments
  • Here’s today’s teams: Liverpool: Reina; Skrtel, Carragher, Agger, Enrique; Kuyt, Henderson, Lucas, Adam, Downing; Suarez Bench: Doni, Johnson, Coates, Spearing, Maxi, Carroll, Bellamy Stoke City: Begovic, Huth, Shawcross, Upson, Wilson, Pennant, Delap, Whitehead, Etherington, Walters, Crouch Bench: Sorensen, Whelan, Jones, Wilkinson, Shotton, Jerome, Palacios
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