Friday, 28 December 2012

Stoke v Liverpool

A tough trip to the Britannia today to emulate the fact that no Liverpool side had won there since 1984 and Rodgers kept the same eleven that defeated Fulham.

Liverpool started well and took the lead within the first two minutes after a darting run by Suarez into the box saw him hauled down by Ryan Shawcross and Liverpool were awarded their first penalty of the season which Gerrard powered into the bottom corner.

However the lead was to be short lived as in the fifth minute as Walters cut through the defence and side-footed past Reina to level the scores. 

Stoke were buoyed by the equaliser and used the momentum to take the lead in the 12th minute as Kenwyne Jones popped up at the near post to head past Reina and silence the travelling kopites.

Liverpool should have drawn level just on the half-hour mark after Downing put in Gerrard who exchanged passes with Suarez before firing a shot over the bar.

 Stoke should have gone two goals clear just before the break, when Etherington raced through on goal but Reina denied him to save Liverpool's blushes.

The Liverpool comeback suffered a massive blow after only four minutes of the second half as Jones flicked in a great cross which Walters skilfully chested before volleying into the corner to put Stoke 3-1 up.

Liverpool had a late chance to close the deficit but Gerrard's shot forced a good save from Begovic and meant Liverpool's barren run at Stoke continued for another year.

Next up is QPR and surely a return to winning ways for Liverpool against a side with only one win this season but with the luck Liverpool are having this season, no one would rule out QPR causing a surprise.