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Huth late show heaps more pressure on Benitez


Thomas Sorensen - 5 - Was weak for Liverpool's opener, shying away from a routine take.

Robert Huth7 - Started at right-back, but moved to the centre after Faye's departure, and was solid enough, before grabbing the all-important leveller with a minute to go.

Abdoulaye Faye - 6 - Lasted less than half an hour before being replaced by Wilkinson.

Ryan Shawcross - 7 - Stoke's skipper was their best performer, dominating against Ngog and Kuyt.

Danny Higginbotham - 5.5 - Lucky not to concede a penalty for a rash foul on Lucas, and was too willing to go to ground at times. Won the header for Huth's equaliser.

Rory Delap - 6 - Tested Pepe Reina with some trademark long throws early on, but picked up a knock and was forced off before half-time.

Salif Diao - 5 - A familiar face for Liverpool fans, and a familiar performance of poor passing and indiscipline.

Dean Whitehead - 5.5 - Found life tough in the midfield against a purposeful Lucas and Mascherano, and didn't use the ball especially well.

Matthew Etherington - 7 - Got little change out of a determined Carragher, but his delivery was excellent throughout, and eventually produced the equaliser.

Sanil Tuncay - 6 - Almost got his side level with a headed chance, but was otherwise pretty quiet.
Mamady Sidibe - 5 - His physical presence meant he was easily Stoke's prime outlet, but he lost his personal battle with Kyrgiakos and was replaced by Fuller with 25 minutes to go.


Liam Lawrence - 6 - On for the injured Delap, and looked lively, but too often made the wrong decision with his final ball.

Ricardo Fuller - 6.5 - On for the ineffective Sidibe, he raised Stoke's threat, and his physical presence caused problems from set-pieces.

Andy Wilkinson - 6 - Replaced Faye in the first half, and gave a committed display, if not necessarily a classy one.


Pepe Reina - 7 - Was worried by a couple of early throws from Delap, but after that his handling was exemplary and he eased plenty of pressure with his willingness to come off his line.

Jamie Carragher - 7 - Deployed at full-back, Liverpool's captain was determined to lead by example, and inspired his side with a display of typical passion and commitment, especially considering he was facing the in-form Etherington.

Martin Skrtel - 6.5 - Had a few nervy moments early on, but settled into the game and barely put a foot wrong, especially in the second half. Maybe he and Carragher between them will feel they might have got something on the ball which ended up at Huth's feet for the equaliser.

Sotirios Kyrgiakos - 8 - A surprise inclusion, but the Greek was excellent against the imposing Sidibe. Won every header and was in the right position more often than not, not least in forcing the Reds ahead on 57 minutes. Great performance.

Emiliano Insua - 6 - Singled out as a weak-spot in recent weeks, the young Argentine was progressive in possession, and defended a lot better than he has been. Still capable of switching off at the far post, but much improved.

Philipp Degen - 6.5 - Saw plenty of the ball, especially in the first half. Was a little wayward with his distribution, but put in a decent shift in an alien position.

Lucas Leiva - 7 - Should have had a penalty when he was fouled by Higginbotham, and got forward well from midfield. Much-maligned, but this was another good performance from the young Brazilian.

Javier Mascherano - 7 - His return was most welcome. He provided energy and experience in a tough midfield battle.

Fabio Aurelio - 5.5 - His free-kick produced the opening goal, but he made some poor decisions - not least in shooting from 60 yards in the opening minutes with Mascherano well placed. Supported Insua well as Liverpool held on to their lead.

Dirk Kuyt - 5.5 - Offered little threat to goal, but his hard work was valuable and he was a useful tool when defending set-pieces. Should have won the game in the last seconds with a headed chance.

David Ngog - 5 - Found life tough against Stoke's rugged defence, and the ball didn't stick as much as he would have liked.


Alberto Aquilani - N/A - A late arrival for Ngog, as Liverpool looked to consolidate.

Maxi Rodriguez - 6 - A welcome debut for Liverpool's newest signing, though he had little chance to impress.