Wednesday December 26, 2012 Day 19 Finished Britannia Stadium

Stoke City 3 - 1 Liverpool

  • Walters 5’, 49’
  • Jones 12’
  • Gerrard 2’ (pen.)

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  1. Premier League - Walters and Jones inspire Stoke to beat Liverpool

    Premier League - Walters and Jones inspire Stoke to beat Liverpool

    Superb performances from Jonathan Walters and Kenwyne Jones inspired Stoke City to a 3-1 comeback win at home to Liverpool. More

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    • Stoke City
    • Liverpool
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 tonight (UK only).
    • 90+4 That's the whistle! A fine win for Stoke, who take Liverpool's place in eighth.
    • 90+3 Johnson gets forward before cutting inside but his angled cross is poor.
    • 90+1 A weak effort well wide by Suarez is greeted by jeers from Stoke fans.
    • 90' Four minutes added time being played.
    • 89' Liverpool's hopes of snatching a draw here are over - Stoke are parking the bus.
    • 87' Cole flicks a header to Suarez on the right, he clips a fine low ball across the box but there's no-one there! Great cross Suarez!
    • 86' This would suit a lefty, with Agger over it. Suarez and Henderson too, but can't see the latter having a go... Suarez hits the wall. A waste.
    • 85' Whelan trips Suarez on the edge of the box after a mazy run. Free-kick, booking.
    • 84' STOKE SUB: Shotton on for Etherington.
    • 83' Shelvey could have got in trouble there as he lost it a bit when confronted with Begovic and Huth, who stayed calm, as did Webb.
    • 82' Suarez's delivery is too high for Agger, now Gerrard tries a shot but it's blocked. Enrique lofts a high ball in but the flag is up as Begovic claims anyway.
    • 81' Down the other end Shelvey releases Suarez on the right, with Shawcros conceding the corner.
    • 80' Stoke counter now as Etherington finds space wide left but his low cross is behind Crouch and Liverpool clear.
    • 79' Suarez's first touch takes him wide when he had a chance to get a shot on target. Poor. Apart from winning the penalty he has not had his best game.
    • 78' STOKE SUB: After his best shift in years, Jones comes off to a standing ovation, with Crouch - an ex-Red of course - replacing him.
    • 77' LIVERPOOL SUB: Joe Cole comes on for Downing.
    • 75' Begovic is forced to rush out of his box to head a long ball to touch, lest Suarez get in.
    • 74' Stoke could be in on the counter but Skrtel flies in with a slide tackle on Etherington. Throw.
    • 73' Liverpool counter as Shelvey pops up wide left. Inside to Johnson, who cuts in but decides to softly pass for Suarez and not shoot, but it lands behind the striker.
    • 72' All is well though and Stoke have a throw, which Skrtel puts behind for a corner.
    • 71' Reina and Whitehead with a nasty collision as both dived in on to a fantastic Etherington cross. Ouch.
    • 70' STOKE SUB: Kightly is replaced by the more solid Whitehead.
    • 69' Jones cuts inside from the left wing but Gerrard, who is fine now, puts in a tackle. Could easily have been a penalty. Liverpool break, Suarez with a shot that's blocked, Gerrard has got all the way up to play the rebound back in but Suarez is offside.
    • 68' Downing takes but his shot-cross to Suarez is blocked by Wilkinson. Stoke counter through Kightly but Enrique shows good pace to get back.
    • 67' Pulis reacts with fury as a throw is given to Liverpool when he thought it was his. He's angry because Shawcross fouled Downing just outside the box. Free-kick Liverpool on the right...
    • 66' Gerrard went down hurt but is back on his feet, although appears to be struggling.
    • 65' Etherington on the run now but Johnson gets back quickly to hold him up.
    • 63' Gerrard swings in the free-kick but Begovic dominates the box to claim.
    • 62' Sterling is caught by Cameron, who tried to pull out of the challenge after the winger sold him a turn.
    • 61' Webb books Suarez for catching the keeper late. Fair enough.
    • 60' Long ball by Enrique should be Begovic's, but Suarez clatters into him. These days you can get sent off for that but he was going for the ball - and Begovic gets straight up. What will Webb do? Suarez has stayed down...
    • 59' LIVERPOOL SUB: Lucas is replaced by Henderson.
    • 58' Good run by Enrique but he overhits the cross out for a goal kick.
    • 57' Stoke counter as NZonzi finds Etherington, now Kightly is in but the flag goes up! Should have been in there.
    • 56' "3-1 to the rugby team" they now chant. Ho ho ho, says Santa.
    • 55' About time for a Gerrard Hollywood ball, which sails out for a throw.
    • 54' "Swing low, sweet chariot" they sing in ironic tribute. Bantz.
    • 53' Jones with another cool flick and lay off to NZonzi. Now Cameron crosses in but cleared by Agger.
    • 52' Stoke want more as Etherington crosses brilliantly, Agger's clearance falling to Whelan who finds Jones, who flicks the ball up and volleys at Reina! Well he's having a blinder.
    • 50' A Gerrard corner is flicked across the box by Downing, great play from him, but Johnson's first-time effort is well over.
    • 49' Again Jones with the flick-on from the throw, so not that long a throw actually, and Walters took it on the chest before volleying sweetly to the top left. Reina I think got a touch.
    • 48' GOAL STOKE! Old-school Stoke from a throw as Walter's controls and finishes into the top left! 3-1!
    • 47' Sterling on the left leaves Shawcross for dead and Suarez gets across Huth near post but he hits it wide! Should have scored!
    • 46' The second half is underway.
    • - HALF-TIME SUB: Liverpool bring Sterling on for Suso.
    • 45+1 Half-time and Stoke lead 2-1 after Liverpool's first-minute penalty.
    • 45' One minute added time being played.
    • 43' The ball drops to Etherington after a fine cross from Cameron, but Reina rushes out to smother his finish and prevent the corner. Good keeping.
    • 42' It opens up for Shelvey, who has Suarez free but the former Charlton man elects to shoot and completely scuffs it into Begovic's arms.
    • 41' Huth miskicks a Gerrard cross behind for a corner. Agger and Skrtel come up again... But Gerrard's centre is cleared.
    • 40' Gerrard with a terrible attempt to shoot after Suarez was challenged by Huth, almost hit the corner flag there.
    • 39' Begovic punches clear and Stoke could break but Walters can't get hold of it and the ball is back with Reina.
    • 38' Liverpool have a corner on the right which they elect not to take quickly this time.
    • 37' Etherington leaves Johnson for dead but Skrtel covers with a sliding clearance to touch.
    • 36' Gerrard will take this next corner. Stoke clear but Liverpool come again as Downing feeds Suarez, who turns Shawcross but fires straight at Begovic from an angle.
    • 35' Suso wins a corner on the right for Liverpool. Suarez takes it short to Downing, good cross to Agger far post but nicked away for another corner.
    • 34' Error from Enrique as he stands arms aloft expecting offside, but the ball bounces away from Etherington and out for a goal kick.
    • 33' Huth overhits a long ball that bounces out for a goal kick. Gerrard now finds Shelvey, who looks for Suarez, who can't control the bouncing ball.
    • 32' Ironic cheers as Suarez is penalised for a foul on Huth.
    • 31' Whelan swings it in but the ball skims off Huth's head and away. He was fouling his marker so a free-kick is awarded.
    • 30' Corner to Stoke after Johnson puts behind after pressure from Jones.
    • 28' Suarez puts a snap-shot high and wide after more good build-up play from Liverpool! Surely a matter of time?
    • 27' Gerrard drills a low shot just wide from the edge of the box after a fine flick-on by Suso!
    • 25' Liverpool doing a lot better know, working the ball nicely as Stoke struggle to touch it.
    • 24' Great ball by Suso to send Suarez through but a heavy touch surprisingly and Begovic rushes to gather!
    • 23' Enrique with a slip that almost lets Cameron in but the ball bounces awkwardly for the right-back and Liverpool clear through Agger.
    • 22' Reina plucks Etherington's corner out of the sky but his quick throw does not launch the desired counter.
    • 21' Reina with a decent save to tip over Etherington's rising drive. NZonzi with a good cut-back to assist. Corner.
    • 20' Liverpool finally get hold of possession but Suarez's ball to Shelvey is wasted by the youngster whose touch is poor.
    • 18' Suarez sends Downing in down the right, good low ball from him but Suso slips. Stoke clear.
    • 17' Enrique overhits a crossfield pass to Downing on the right. Jeers from the Stoke fans.
    • 16' A bit scrappy now, which suits Stoke to a T! Liverpool struggling to get hold of the ball in midfield.
    • 14' Suarez, meanwhile, overplays it after the ball drops to him in the box and Stoke clear.
    • 13' Well then. All three goals have come from high balls - it was route one for Suarez's penalty, remember - so this is very much fire v fire.
    • 12' GOAL STOKE! JONES FLICKS IN A HEADER FROM THE CORNER! Not sure how that crept in, but it did! 2-1! Whelan with the ball, Gerrard beaten to the header, Johnson unable to keep it out.
    • 11' Etherington to take, great ball but Reina sticks out a long arm to punch clear. Another corner as Downing just fails to keep it in... No, he succeeded, throw.
    • 10' Corner to Stoke on the right now as Gerrard is forced to put behind.
    • 8' Jones shows great technique to hook down a high ball that looked set for touch but no-one is there in support.
    • 7' Frantic start to this match as Stoke bite back immediately!
    • 6' Stoke have a corner on the left which causes some trouble before Shelvey hooks it clear.
    • 5' Jon Walters scores his fourth league goal of the season. He's a Toffee by the way.
    • 4' GOAL STOKE! Walters exploits a slip from Skrtel, opening up a rasping low finish past a helpless Reina. 1-1! What a start!
    • 3' Replay shows it was inside the box, definite peno.
    • 2' GOAL LIVERPOOL! Gerrard drives a low finish to the left, sending Begovic the wrong way. 1-0!
    • 1' PENALTY LIVERPOOL! Skrtel long ball sends Suarez in down the right, Shawcross hauling him down by the shirt! Did that start outside the box? Doesn't matter, a penalty to Liverpool and a yellow for the defender.
    • 1 The first half is underway.
    • 19:40 William Hill's odds tonight are 5/2 for Stoke, 6/5 for Liverpool an 21/10 on the draw, which I see as a more likely result. What do you reckon? Send predictions to @Reda_Eurosport on Twitter. FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
    • 19:35 Howard Webb is the ref tonight - 66 yellows and three reds in 18 matches. What you'd expect from the big man.
    • 19:30 Peter Crouch scored 22 goals in 85 Premier League appearances for Liverpool, but has netted just one in 11 appearances against the Reds playing for other clubs.
    • 19:25 There have been just 11 goals scored in the nine Premier League games between Liverpool and Stoke.
    • 19:20 In nine Premier League meetings between Liverpool and Stoke, both sides have failed to score on six occasions each.
    • 19:15 Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers: "I felt it was the right time [to rest Allen]. He's also suffering a little bit in and around his pelvis. Add into that he has played twice the amount of games at this stage of the season than he had last year. He's been playing in a lot of the games - sometimes up to three games in a week. Physically, that has been a big demand on him."
    • 19:10 Stoke manager Tony Pulis: "An article said I spoke to (referees' chief) Mike Riley, or sent him a letter, but I haven't. Things like that disappoint you enormously because it puts pressure on the team and the football club."
    • 19:05 STOKE CITY: Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Wilkinson; Kightly, Nzonzi, Whelan, Etherington; Walters, Jones. Subs: Sorensen, Adam, Whitehead, Upson, Crouch, Shotton, Jerome. /// LIVERPOOL: Reina, Johnson, Enrique, Skrtel, Agger, Lucas, Gerrard, Shelvey, Suso, Downing, Suarez. Subs: Jones, Carragher, Coates, Henderson, Allen, Cole, Sterling.
    • 19:00 Good evening and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE Boxing Day Premier League matchcast as Liverpool travel to Stoke. Team news will follow very shortly!
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      6.8 7
      Yellow Card 6.1 7
      Yellow Card 5.8 6
      6.3 7
      6.4 7
      6 7
      Yellow Card 5.8 7
      Substitution Out70′ 5.2 6
      Substitution Out83′ 6.3 7
      Goals ×2 7.4 8
      Goal Substitution Out78′ 6.8 8
      Substitution In78′ 7.3 6
      Substitution In70′ 6.9 7
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      Substitution Out59′ 5.4 6
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      Substitution Out45′ 5.4 7
      Yellow Card 6.2 6
      Substitution In77′ 3.1 -
      Substitution In59′ 4 -
      Substitution In45′ 5.4 7

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  1. you know win againest liverpool is great for the­ potters

    From Brett, on Tue 15 Jan 16:55
  2. Apart from one off games.When did Stoke last win­ anything shyteforbrains?

    From , on Fri 28 Dec 13:52
  3. First Stoke goal.Long ball hoofed forward,defender­ slips. Second Stoke goal.Header from a corner. Third­ Stoke goal.Long throw,flick on,chest and volley. ­ Like Wimbledon of old.Not pretty and not the way to win­ anything.

    From , on Thu 27 Dec 19:30
  4. No point sacking Rodgers no half decent manager would­ even consider manging Liverpool... Rodgers and­ Liverpool need at least 2 or 3 full seasons together­ to even begin regaining some of the clubs shot­ credibility...

    From wild woodpecker®, on Thu 27 Dec 14:43
  5. .... And Dirk Kuyt.

    From Dave59, on Thu 27 Dec 12:51
  6. I've (sadly) got to agree with certain posts that­ Reina is not the goalie he once was. We've also­ made the mistake of getting rid of (OK useless) Andy­ Carroll and not replacing him with anyone. I've­ heard rumours that we may recall Carroll from loan -­ are these true? I've got this dreadful feeling­ that under Rodgers, we're just going to slip­ further and further down the table - at best stay about­ where we are.

    From Dave59, on Thu 27 Dec 12:48
  7. 360 comment. You been supporting them for sixty years.­ Where were you tonight then? Watching it on Sky? Idiot­ b*llsh**ter!

    From , on Thu 27 Dec 12:20
  8. 241. We got bu'ggered by muscle and brawn(and a­ nice bit­ of skill), unless Rodgers gets 100 million in­ the­ summer it's another 5 or 6 years of this­ I'm­ afraid!! From Anfieldstar, on Wed 26 Dec­ 21:30 YOUJUST MISSED ONE THING SHAMFIELDSTAR , YOUR­ CLUB WILL BE CALLED CHAMPIONSHIPOOL BY THEN , AND THAT­ IS OLNY IF THEY HANG ON IN THAT LEAGUE

    From windswept, on Thu 27 Dec 11:37
  9. LMFAO

    From vlf126, on Thu 27 Dec 11:04
  10. @khalid. matey i have supported liverpool since i was­ 5 and i am 66 now, through thick and thin, season­ ticket 42 years. I love liverpool football club and­ will support them untill i die but changes have to­ happen, rodgers will not get it right believe me ,the­ players do not understand what he wants and have no­ faith in it or him. i love and applaud your attitude­ mate---------up the reds.

    From Wilf, on Thu 27 Dec 9:58
  11. Shows you how biased Yahoo sport is-every other website­ is saying how well Suarez played despite a lack of­ support. Yahoo ofcourse says he did not play one of his­ best. LFC need massive changes, how can City, Leeds,­ QPR etc all attract top owners but LFC not? BR is a one­ trick pony who is in it well above his head.

    From Tim, on Thu 27 Dec 9:43
  12. only Yesil !

    From Doctor, on Thu 27 Dec 9:34
  13. Liverpool made awful transfers in the past 3-4 years.­ They bought a lot of expensive players that are worse­ than the ones they had at that moment. Come on, they­ payed almost 100 mil Euros for­ Carroll+Downing+Henderson. All of them pretty rubbish.­ Especially Henderson. They bought Charlie Adam, decent­ player, for teams like Stoke, or Reading, not for them.­ It's such a shame that a team like Liverpool is so­ rubbish now. Managment was really poor. They only have­ one decent player now, Suarez. That's it. And even­ he is misfiring.

    From Andrei, on Thu 27 Dec 6:54
  14. Stoke surprised us with how well they played. They­ played Liverpool at their own game of closing down and­ did it better on this day. Stoke also looked a good­ footballing side today. Will be interesting if they can­ produce that kind of football consistently. Shelvey­ didn't really make enough of an impact on the game.­ Liverpool didn't impose themselves enough.

    From Mark Bell, on Thu 27 Dec 4:12
  15. Well the blame game always starts after a loss. But­ first who are these strange people not connected with­ the clubs involved with soo much too say. There is no­ quick fix at Liverpool but a few things I would fix as­ a supporter is to replace the so called complete centre­ back Daniel Agger, who lacks pace and strength and the­ key centre back Martin Skrtel who also lacks pace and­ strength. Top class defenders are difficult to come by,­ but this area needs to be addressed. Brendan Rodgers­ obviously needs time but he has got some big decisions­ to make. You cannot be a soft touch through the middle­ and expect success in the Premier league. If Brendan­ does not realise this then he will fail.

    From colin, on Thu 27 Dec 3:16
  16. Sack the manager and play bradjones for god sake

    From Sophia, on Thu 27 Dec 3:12
  17. @ O.S.: For you to get out of your rotten mess is to­ shut the #$%$ off

    From Khalid, on Thu 27 Dec 2:46
  18. @THOMAS NEAL: Everton=small club, enough said

    From Khalid, on Thu 27 Dec 2:45
  19. A BIG HAND FOR MR Brendan­ rogers your do a very good­ job please keep it up ..............hahahahaha 3-1

    From C, on Thu 27 Dec 1:41
  20. As a Liverpool fan I'm relieved it was only 3-1,­ Stoke could have scored much more. I'd like to­ give credit to Stoke even though they would probably­ roll over to Man Utd.

    From Connie, on Thu 27 Dec 1:30
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