A virtual spectator as Stoke provided zero attacking threat.
Looked comfortable at the heart of defence but was rarely tested in truth.
A solid return for the veteran defender. Marshalled Crouch brilliantly.
Got forward with trademark regularity and continually tried to break the Stoke ranks.
Continued his great form for the Reds and even got involved in bringing the ball forward.
Got forward well and looked more impressive than his left-sided colleague Downing in attack.
Ran hard but failed to influence the game in an attacking sense and deserved to be replaced in the second half
A poor performance from the winger saw him substituted early in the second half. Failing to live up to his price tag.
Kept the ball moving well and did burst forward but was poor from his oft-hyped set pieces.
Constantly tried to inspire his side with several long passes and bursts from the middle.
Didn't lead the line well enough for the Reds in a position which gave him plenty of responsibility. Often lost the ball with his back to goal.
Anonymous. Didn't contribute either way but provided a body in midfield.
Considering the amount of possession enjoyed by the hosts, the Stoke goalkeeper was rarely tested.
On hand to nod away every ball into the box but perhaps fortunate to get away with rough-handling of Carroll in the box.
Didn't allow Downing to influence the game in the slightest but, much like his fellow full-back, didn't get forward.
Didn't get forward from right-back but produced a customarily solid performance.
Played well in the centre of defence and didn't allow the hosts a clear-cut chance.
Had one good run in the first half but had little to work with in an attacking sense. Got back well.
Had zero influence with the ball but was always willing to drop deep to try and protect what his side had.
Not a great performance in midfield as the Potters surrendered possession regularly. Subbed early in the first half.
Worked incredibly hard but didn't find many opportunities to attack.
Battled well but was marshalled brilliantly by Skrtel.