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October 26, 2011 7:45 PM BST
Britannia Stadium — Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Referee:‬ L. Probert‎
Attendance:‬ 24934‎
 
Luis Suárez 54′
 
Luis Suárez 86′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Stoke City 1-2 Liverpool

Luis Suarez scores two classy second half goals to win at the Britannia Stadium for the Reds, despite the going behind just before halftime from a Kenwyne Jones header

By Ed Malyon

  • Thomas Sørensen
    21
    14
    3.50

    Thomas Sørensen

    Made a brilliant point blank stop in the first half from Suarez but could do nothing as the Uruguayan curled in a beauty.

  • Robert Huth
    6
    15
    3.00

    Robert Huth

    Offers little going forward as a full back, and let Suarez slip between him and his skipper as Stoke conceded a late winner.

  • Marc Wilson
    5
    17
    2.50

    Marc Wilson

    A fairly anonymous performance for Wilson as he sometimes struggled to deal with the movement of the excellent Suarez and contributed little going forward.

  • Ryan Shotton
    6
    16
    3.00

    Ryan Shotton

    Had arguably Stoke's best chance to open the scoring but otherwise fairly quiet. Nutmegged by Luis Suarez for Liverpool's equaliser before being withdrawn on 60 minutes.

  • Jonathan Woodgate
    7
    18
    3.00

    Jonathan Woodgate

    A solid performance from the former Real Madrid man. Comfortable bringing the ball out of defence when necessary and not to blame for either goal.

  • Ryan Shawcross
    6
    23
    3.00

    Ryan Shawcross

    Did well for the majority of the game but lost Suarez at the key moment as he ghosted in to get the winner. Captained well, and led his defence vocally.

  • Glenn Whelan
    5
    18
    3.00

    Glenn Whelan

    Picked some clever passes but was up against an impressive opponent in Lucas. He tracked his runners well when they broke from midfield and was one of Stoke's better performers.

  • Rory Delap
    8
    16
    3.00

    Rory Delap

    Kept the ball intelligently and scrapped to good effect but his trademark long throws were dealt with very well by the Reds.

  • Matthew Etherington
    8
    18
    2.50

    Matthew Etherington

    Usually a real threat for the Potters but struggled to make an impact as Kelly matched him for pace. A couple of wayward crosses typified a below-par day for the wideman. Replaced by Cameron Jerome on 65 minutes.

  • Kenwyne Jones
    6
    17
    3.00

    Kenwyne Jones

    Looked fairly disinterested and off the pace until the goal was put on a plate for him by the industrious Walters, and finished with an excellent diving header. Replaced by Crouch late on.

  • Jonathan Walters
    14
    14
    3.50

    Jonathan Walters

    A tireless display from the Irish forward who ran and ran, and was rewarded for this by picking the pocket of Sebastian Coates in order to set up Jones' goal.

Substitutions

  • Jermaine Pennant
    6
    14
    3.00

    Jermaine Pennant

    Came on and added some width on the right but did little of any real note after replacing Ryan Shotton.

  • Peter Crouch
    7
    15
    0.00

    Peter Crouch

    Not enough time to make an impact after coming on for Jones on 87 minutes.

  • Cameron Jerome
    5
    18
    3.00

    Cameron Jerome

    Little impact himself, and his introduction pushed Walters out wide, who had been Stoke's most effective player up until then.

  • Pepe Reina
    92
    71
    2.50

    Pepe Reina Flop of the Match

    Was lucky to see a goal ruled out when he missed his punch under very little pressure from Walters. A strangely disappointing performance from the Spaniard, with his distribution also erratic.

  • Sebastián Coates
    124
    22
    3.00

    Sebastián Coates

    Marshalled the not insignificant threat of Kenwyne Jones very well for the majority of the first half only to make a needless error that led directly to Stoke taking the lead.

  • Jamie Carragher
    97
    25
    3.50

    Jamie Carragher

    Bossed the defence well before being withdrawn at half time, and made a couple of crucial interventions. Could do nothing for the goal after Coates' mistake.

  • Martin Kelly
    136
    8
    3.50

    Martin Kelly

    Surpressed Matthew Etherington, who can be a match for anyone on his day. Very little came down the side that he and Carragher were defending, a sign of a good performance.

  • Daniel Agger
    110
    23
    3.00

    Daniel Agger

    There was an air of uncertainty about the left side of the Liverpool defence where Coates and Agger looked uncomfortable under pressure from the Stoke forwards.

  • Maxi Rodríguez
    95
    24
    3.00

    Maxi Rodríguez

    Looked incisive and a threat whenever on the ball, cutting inside and joining the attack to great effect in the first period. Withdrawn on 81 minutes after an ineffective second half.

  • Jay Spearing
    112
    33
    3.50

    Jay Spearing

    A quiet but effective performance, his key contribution was hooking the ball into the box for Luis Suarez' late winner.

  • Lucas Leiva
    141
    14
    3.50

    Lucas Leiva

    Kept play ticking over for the entire 90 minutes with precise passing and did well in the combative midfield battle.

  • Jordan Henderson
    94
    104
    2.50

    Jordan Henderson

    Anonymous performance from the ex-Sunderland midfielder, who occasionally managed to derail his own team's attacks by dwelling on the ball too much, though he tracked back well to support young Kelly at full back.

  • Luis Suárez
    287
    12
    4.00

    Luis Suárez Top of the Match

    Two goals for the Uruguayan maestro will gloss over the simple chances he missed early on, but by far the best player on the park, particularly after the break.

  • Andy Carroll
    69
    22
    3.00

    Andy Carroll

    Started brightly and looked to link up with Suarez as much as possible as well as closing down Stoke defenders, But seemed tired and faded in the second half.

Substitutions

  • Martin Skrtel
    122
    5
    3.50

    Martin Skrtel

    Did well as Carragher's replacement and had a fair amount of work to do as Stoke initiated an aerial bombardment as they chased a late equaliser.

  • Dirk Kuyt
    77
    10
    0.00

    Dirk Kuyt

    Not enough time to make an impact after coming on for Suarez on 87 minutes.

  • Craig Bellamy
    112
    5
    0.00

    Craig Bellamy

    Little time on the field but one incisive attacking contribution nearly led to a goal.

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