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Stoke City v Liverpool

Britannia Stadium
12 Jan 2014, KO: 16:10

Minute by minute

Post YNWA!
Post And that's all from us on an unforgettable day - thanks for following our coverage. We'll be back next Saturday, when the Reds host Aston Villa at Anfield.
Post Check the homepage for a full report from the manager's press conference.
Post On SAS, the boss continued: “Both of them combined really well. They’re both outstanding players and outstanding talents. You could see from their link-up for Luis’ goal, where Dan has slid it round the corner to him and Luis has finished it really well."
Post Brendan Rodgers told his post-match press conference: “We were under a bit of pressure because a lot of the teams around us won yesterday, so we knew we had to put in a performance. To come here and get five goals and be that inventive and creative was fantastic. It’s great credit to them."
Post Suarez: "It was very hard today - we know against Stoke every game is tough, and here at home they are strong. We knew if we won it would be very important for our confidence for the future."
Post Luis Suarez: "Of course it is important [to have Sturridge back] because he is a great player and he helps the team. It's a long time that we played without him, but now he is back we are so happy."
Post Gerrard: "Today was all about the team performance and the three points, and it's results like these we need if we want to finish in the top four."
Post Steven Gerrard: "It was big because our record against Stoke in the Premier League is poor away from home, so we wanted to put that right today. I thought we showed tremendous character. For the first 40 minutes we controlled the game, were very comfortable and were 2-0 up - and then we made a couple of mistakes. It became a real tough game from then on."
Post Stoke pumped an incredible 51 crosses into the Liverpool box, according to Opta stats
Post Liverpool made 22 tackles at the Britannia Stadium, winning 68.2 per cent of them
Post We had a passing accuracy of 69.5 per cent
Post The Reds made slightly more passes, 433 to 414
Post The hosts just edged the possession, with 51 per cent
Post Both teams had 13 shots on goal this afternoon, with nine on target from the Reds compared to four for Stoke
Post Well, how do you begin to analyse that one?
Post That result has moved Liverpool back into fourth place in the Barclays Premier League table
Post @John_W_Henry: Stoke conceded 7 goals in 10 home matches. LFC 5 today. What a match. Stoke terrific intensity matched by LFC speed, quality and desire. 3!
94 Brilliant stop from Mignolet to prevent Gerrard from scoring an own goal from Stoke's corner
94 Stoke have a corner...
91 Suarez shoots from an impossible angle but Butland saves
90 Crouch heads against the post
87 Oh wow! What a game this is! Suarez crosses for Sturridge, whose first effort is saved by Butland; however, the striker shows great composure to net at the second time of asking under pressure
87 GOAL! Daniel Sturridge:
86 Crouch heads wide. Going to be a tense finish here
85 Liverpool concede possession and Stoke break before Walters finishes from the edge of the box
85 GOAL! Jon Walters:
83 Good stop from Mignolet to push Walters' close-range header to safety
81 Substitution: Stephen Ireland for Steven N'Zonzi:
81 @OptaJoe: 6 - Liverpool have now scored 4+ goals in six Premier League games this season, a total only Manchester City can match. Dangerous.
80 Johnson angles a cross into the six-yard box looking for Sturridge, but Butland collects
79 Toure loops a header onto the roof of his own net under pressure from Walters
77 Sterling's cross crashes against the frame of the goal. Almost a fifth for LFC
75 @DominicKing_DM: There have been plenty of mistakes in this game but that was brilliant from Sturridge & Suarez. 9 games apart, 5 minutes back in the groove
74 ‏@ged0407: 2012-13...Luis Suarez - 23 league goals in 33 appearances....2013-14... 22 league goals in 16 games.
73 @John_W_Henry: What a dynamic duo!
72 Suarez tries to return the favour, but his pass is too heavy for Sturridge to reach and a good chance is gone
71 The SAS are back! Sturridge leads an LFC counter-attack before teeing up Suarez, who curls into the bottom corner with a first-time strike. Brilliant
71 GOAL! Luis Suarez:
68 Nzonzi turns and strikes goalwards in the box...blocked
67 Cissokho's cross finds Sterling in space on the edge of the area, but he scuffs straight at Butland
66 Substitution: Daniel Sturridge for Philippe Coutinho:
65 Coutinho engineers space for a shot in a crowded area, but it's tame and straight at Butland
63 Daniel Sturridge is about to come on for LFC...
59 Deep centre from Adam is headed away by Toure just before it can reach Crouch
59 Stoke win another corner...
58 First Booking: Ryan Shawcross:
57 ‏@ged0407: Steven Gerrard's 34th successful penalty for @LFC - now joint 3rd on club's all-time list alongside Billy Liddell.
56 Coutinho's corner drops for Henderson, who fires well over on the half-volley
56 Gerrard's cross is headed away before it can reach Toure at the back post
55 Suarez wins a free-kick 25 yards from the Stoke goal
53 First Booking: Aly Cissokho:
52 Adam's corner is headed away at the near post by Gerrard
51 Coolness personified from Stevie G as he slots home from 12 yards with aplomb
51 GOAL! Steven Gerrard:
50 Sterling went down under the challenge of Wilson as he tries to round the Stoke defender
50 Penalty to Liverpool!
47 Adam shoots...well over the bar
46 SECOND HALF: LFC get the game back underway...
45 Adam's free-kick into the box is headed away by Henderson
45 Four minutes of added time to be played at the end of the first half
45 Adam levels the scoreline for Stoke with a drilled effort from the edge of the area that left Mignolet with no chance
45 GOAL! Charlie Adam:
41 Suarez's cross is met with a low volley from Coutinho that Butland parries. Ball breaks back for the Brazilian, but he is challenged by Shawcross before he can convert
39 Arnautovic's cross from the left is met with a glancing header from Crouch that finds the bottom corner
39 GOAL! Peter Crouch:
34 ‏@ged0407: The first time @LFC have scored more than once in a league game at Stoke since March 1982.
33 That's goal number 21 of the season so far for Luis...
32 A long ball forward causes all kinds of problems for Stoke and Suarez makes the most of confusion between Wilson, Shawcross and Butland to nip in and slide the ball home
32 GOAL! Luis Suarez:
30 He did, but it wasn't one of his best as he scuffs the ball low along the ground and wide. Suarez wants a corner, but the referee gives a goal kick
29 LFC win a free-kick on the edge of the box. Does Luis fancy this?
28 Good ball from Cissokho releases Coutinho down the left. His lofted cross is punched away by Butland under pressure from Suarez
25 Walters' cross is only half-cleared by Mignolet's punch...Whelan shoots and it's deflected wide
24 Arnautovic side-foots a volley high and wide of Mignolet's goal. No danger for the Reds stopper
24 Again it goes to the near post from the ex-LFC midfielder, but the visitors clear at the second attempt
23 Adam wins Stoke another corner
20 Sterling leads the LFC counter-attack. He eventually picks out Coutinho in the box, who curls narrowly over the crossbar
20 Adam's corner is dangerous, but LFC manage to scramble it away
20 Walters wins a corner off Toure...
17 Suarez's deep cross is glanced well, well wide by Lucas
14 @1stLadyOfFooty: Brilliant covering thus far from Gerrard, who's been deployed as the deepest-lying midfielder for #LFC. Alert and assertive.
13 Adam lofts a free-kick into the Liverpool area but it bounces through to Mignolet
10 Adam's attempted cross for Crouch is powerfully headed away by Skrtel
9 Coutinho tries to slide Henderson through on goal, but it's too heavy and runs through to Butland
7 Gerrard's free-kick from the right is too high and can't pick out a teammate in the centre of the box
5 Liverpool have an early lead here at the Britannia as Cissokho's volley from Sterling's cross takes a wicked deflection off Shawcross, wrong-footing Butland and finding the back of the net
5 Own Goal! Ryan Shawcross:
2 Adam's second corner finds the side netting and the danger is gone
1 Adam takes...cleared back to the former Liverpool man...he tries to run into the box but Gerrard tackles him and it's another corner
1 Skrtel gives Stoke an early corner...
1 KICK OFF: Stoke get the game underway at the Britannia Stadium
Pre The players head out onto the pitch on a bitterly cold day here in the Potteries and kick off is just moments away...
Pre Stoke substitutes: Sorensen, Muniesa, Pennant, Palacios, Etherington, Shotton, Ireland.
Pre Stoke City team: Butland; Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters; Walters, Nzonzi, Adam, Whelan, Arnautovic; Crouch.
Pre Substitutes: Ward, Kelly, Ibe, Aspas, Moses, Sturridge, Alberto.
Pre The Liverpool XI in full: Mignolet, Cissokho, Skrtel, Toure, Johnson, Lucas, Gerrard, Henderson, Sterling, Coutinho, Suarez.
Pre TEAM NEWS: Brendan Rodgers has made two changes to the Reds line-up which was last in action in the Barclays Premier League, at home to Hull City on January 1.
Pre We’ll have confirmed team news directly from the away dressing room, before anywhere else, at around 3.10pm GMT; check the homepage and social media for the first sight of Rodgers’ teamsheet.
Pre He commented: “You will see a 4-2-3-1 with either Adam or Ireland as the furthermost midfielder and, given your man Oussama Assaidi can't play against his parent club, you'll see Marko Arnautovic most likely given the nod over on the left. I expect that you will come here to attack, which means the game should be nice and open with us almost playing on the break. It will certainly be a less rigid side that you will see this time around.”
Pre We asked Stoke fan James Whittaker for the lowdown on his team and the football journalist revealed how the Potters are likely to line up with an attacking philosophy this afternoon.
Pre The Premier League top scorer added: "If we stay together, we can keep going for the next game. That's very good for us and for the supporters also. When we have very good support, it's important for confidence on the pitch. All of the players try their best to win every game."
Pre He said: "We know every week is difficult. We work very hard for every game and we know we now have a very difficult game against Stoke away. They are strong there; we'll try our best to win the game. Confidence for the next two or three games is important after a week's break.”
Pre Ahead of Sunday’s game, Luis Suarez spoke exclusively to and explained why the supporters can play a part in helping the Reds overturn their record at the Britannia.
Pre There should be a landmark moment for Steven Gerrard today – if he plays, the No.8 will become the seventh Liverpool player to reach 650 appearances for the club, following Ian Callaghan, Jamie Carragher, Ray Clemence, Emlyn Hughes, Ian Rush and Phil Neal.
Pre Build-up will begin on the club’s official television channel, LFC TV, at 3.15pm GMT and get involved in our post-match phone-in programme from 6.15pm by calling 0845 234 4567, email, text 60070 starting your message with 'LFC' or tweet @LFC.
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Pre Daniel Sturridge is in contention for selection once again after returning to full training at Melwood during the week, while Rodgers confirmed that French defender Mamadou Sakho is fully fit.
Pre Agger will not be available for the clash at the Britannia Stadium after suffering a calf problem against Oldham Athletic last Sunday, though the boss can welcome back two players.
Pre History will have to be made today, as Liverpool have never won at Stoke in the Premier League – drawing two and losing three of their five visits.
Pre Results on Saturday knocked Rodgers’ team down to sixth place in the standings, meaning a first-ever win at Stoke in the Premier League will be required for a return to the top four.
Pre This is the Reds’ first fixture in the Premier League since New Year’s Day, when Brendan Rodgers’ side recorded a 2-0 victory over Hull City courtesy of Daniel Agger and Luis Suarez.
Pre Welcome to the match centre, where you can follow every kick as Liverpool travel to Stoke City in the Barclays Premier League for a 4.10pm GMT kick-off.