Made a brilliant point-blank stop in the first half from Suarez but could do nothing as the Uruguayan curled in a beauty, and beat him again to clinch the win.
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 Nutmegged by Luis Suarez for Liverpool's equaliser before being withdrawn on 60 minutes.
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.
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.
A fairly anonymous performance for Wilson as he sometimes struggled to deal with the movement of the excellent Suarez and contributed little going forward.
Offers little going forward as a full back, and let Suarez slip between him and his skipper as Stoke conceded a late winner.
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.
Kept the ball intelligently and scrapped to good effect but his trademark long throws were dealt with very well by the Reds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bossed the defence well before being withdrawn at half time, and made a couple of crucial interventions.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.
Suppressed 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.
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.
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.
Anonymous performance from the ex-Sunderland midfielder, who occasionally managed to derail his own team's attacks by dwelling on the ball too much.
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.
Kept play ticking over for the entire 90 minutes with precise passing and did well in the combative midfield battle.
A quiet but effective performance, his key contribution was hooking the ball into the box for Luis Suarez' late winner.
The former Newcastle United forward was fairly ineffective up front tonight, and should have made more of the opportunities he had. He'll need better performances if he is to claim a regular first-team place for the Reds.
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.
- 27 C. Nash
- 20 M. Upson
- 15 S. Diao
- 40 W. Palacios
Came on and added some width on the right but did little of any real note after replacing Ryan Shotton.
Made little impact, and his introduction pushed Walters out wide, who had been Stoke's most effective player up until then.
Not enough time to make an impact after coming on for Jones on 87 minutes.
- 32 Doni
- 6 Fábio Aurélio
- 38 J. Flanagan
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.
- 26 C. Adam
Little time on the field but one incisive attacking contribution nearly led to a goal.
Not enough time to make an impact after coming on for Suarez on 87 minutes.