Liverpool v Stoke City: Matchday blog
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- Ings has first-half effort disallowed for offside
- Huge penalty appeal rejected in second period
- Reds have to settle for a point from stalemate
Read what the manager had to say about Liverpool's goalless draw with Stoke City by clicking here.
Liverpool 0-0 Stoke
It's not the Reds' afternoon at Anfield and Klopp's men are forced to settle for a point after failing to find a way past a stubborn Stoke side.
SIX minutes added on here...
Van Dijk is booked.
Huge claims for a penalty from Liverpool as Salah slips Wijnaldum into space in the box and the Dutchman's drilled cross strikes the arm of Pieters. It looks a clear spot-kick but the referee says no.
Van Dijk brings the ball out from the back and drives one from 30 yards - a deflection carries it out for a Liverpool corner. But the home side can't make anything from the set-piece.
Into the last five minutes at Anfield...
Great swinging delivery from Moreno across the six-yard box and only a last-second touch from Zouma prevents Salah reaching the ball yards out for a tap-in.
Now Moreno whacks a decent left-footer across the goal, aiming for the bottom corner, and he's not too far from finding it - but ultimately wide.
Chance! Klavan picks out an excellent diagonal ball from deep and finds Clyne unmarked in the area but the defender misjudges his situation and tamely knocks an effort at the 'keeper.
Here are those changes...
Milner and Clyne on - Ings and Alexander-Arnold off.
For Stoke, meanwhile, Fletcher replaces Crouch.
Ings has a rare chance to turn on the ball in Stoke territory and let fly but the striker is swarmed by the opposition defence and his attempt blocked.
Milner and Clyne preparing to come on...
Important block from Gomez thwarts a strike from Sobhi, who had dribbled past a succession of challenges, and makes amends for squandering possession earlier in the passage of play.
There has been little action of note since the game resumed but the Kop are just trying to rally the Reds by moving through the LFC songbook. Plenty of time remaining...
Sobhi replaces the injured Martins Indi.
First shot of the second half from Salah, who fires back at goal once Alexander-Arnold's corner from the left is headed away - but it lacks the usual accuracy from the Egyptian and sails well wide.
Wijnaldum kicks off the second half...
The stats from the first half at Anfield...
Liverpool 0-0 Stoke
It has been a lively encounter with chances at both ends - Ings notably having an effort correctly ruled out for offside - but the interval has arrived with the score goalless.
Concerns here as Henderson goes down with an injury and requires treatment. It looks like the captain got his foot stuck in the turf as he battled for the ball with Shaqiri.
But he's up and back in the action - thankfully.
Diouf now cautioned for a rash challenge on Moreno.
Ball in the net for Liverpool... but it doesn't count.
Industrious work from Firmino and Ings forges a shooting opportunity for Wijnaldum inside the box. His strike ricochets back to Ings, who blasts it into the net from the byline - but he's just offside.
Crouch booked for a poor tackle on Firmino.
Salah has the home crowd on their feet again - this time as he curls a free-kick from the right edge of the Stoke area towards the top corner - but once more it's not the desired outcome. Good effort, though, unlucky.
Patient stuff from the Reds eventually sees the ball come out to Wijnaldum 20 yards from goal. The midfielder controls well and sends a low hit towards the near post but it's left of target and wide.
Nothing to separate them so far.
Back to the other end...
Shaqiri swaps flanks and gets inside Moreno on the right edge of the box. His low roll across the area in search of Crouch takes a nick off the recovering Klavan, though, and the danger is averted.
Even better opportunity for Alexander-Arnold!
Liverpool break away and again Salah finds freedom to cause trouble in the right channel. This time, he slides a pass into the run of the No.66 into the area - but Trent gets the ball stuck under his feet and the awkward shot is stopped by Butland's leg.
Decent chance for the visitors.
Diouf wins the header from a long clearance and after Shaqiri evades Gomez's sliding tackle down the left and crosses towards the far post, the former directs his nod towards goal off target.
Diouf is fortunate to avoid a booking for a clumsy, needless lunge on Henderson.
This has been a strong start from the Reds and a lovely sweeping pass across the edge of the Stoke box from Moreno almost tees up Salah but it's a yard too far in front of the forward and the move breaks down.
Salah has been fooling defenders all season but the No.11 has just fooled most of Anfield.
Released into space by Henderson's through pass, the Egyptian bounds down on goal and attempts to lift what is now a trademark dink over Butland. Everyone rises to celebrate... but the ball drifts wide of the right post.
Appeals for a penalty as Alexander-Arnold tries to reach Firmino's pass and tumbles under a challenge from Bauer. There was not enough contact, however.
The early signs are that Liverpool are playing 4-3-3 here, with Alexander-Arnold on the right of a midfield three.
Moreno, Klavan, Van Dijk and Gomez form the back four, left to right.
Shaqiri kicks the game off for Stoke and we're under way. Come on, Reds!
Reminder that you can analyse the game as it happens with our Opta chalkboard...
The teams are in the tunnel and we're only moments away from kick-off now. You'll Never Walk Alone first, of course.
The Reds are in the building...
Inside the LFC dressing room...
A special tribute has been paid inside the Liverpool dressing room to Reds fan Sean Cox, who is in a critical condition in hospital following an attack before Tuesday's Champions League match with AS Roma.
A St. Peter's GAA, Dunboyne jersey hangs alongside those of the players at Anfield.
TEAM NEWS – FIVE CHANGES FOR LFC
The teamsheets are in here at Anfield, and Jürgen Klopp has made five changes to his starting XI from Tuesday’s 5-2 win over AS Roma.
Ragnar Klavan, Alberto Moreno, Joe Gomez, Gini Wijnaldum and Danny Ings come in, with Dejan Lovren, Andy Robertson and James Milner all named on the bench.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain misses out due to his knee injury, of course, while a fitness issue leaves the Reds without Sadio Mane this afternoon.
Team in full: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Klavan, Moreno, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Salah, Ings, Firmino.
Subs: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Robertson, Milner, Woodburn, Solanke.
Microphone duty for Ingsy
The odds are in...
Here is how BetVictor price today's match...
Liverpool - 3/10
Draw - 5/1
Stoke - 21/2
Click here for more details.
No words needed...
We're around 50 minutes away from having confirmed team news for you but Klopp's remarks on Friday suggest Liverpool will name a strong line-up to face Stoke.
"There will not be 1,000 changes because we don't have the opportunity and because it's a Premier League game and it's very important, obviously, for both sides. So there's nothing to think about about 'resting', it's only to line up a strong side and try everything to win the game."
Klopp stressed the importance of today's match repeatedly in his preview with the press, and a glance at the Premier League table shows exactly why. Three points would be crucial to Liverpool's hopes of securing a second successive top-four finish...
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Speaking of atmosphere, you'll love the video below - pure passion in the LFC commentary box as the Reds put five past Roma in the Champions League semi-final...
A request from the boss...
After Anfield roared on the Reds to a sensational 5-2 victory over AS Roma on Tuesday night, the manager has asked for an atmosphere to match for the visit of Stoke.
His team need three points to remain on course for a top-four finish in the Premier League - and Klopp called on fans to play their part on the players' behalf once again.
He said: "I would really like to ask everybody for doing exactly the same - making a real special atmosphere. Think about the [Roma] game from Tuesday - if this team doesn’t deserve the most atmosphere ever at 12.30 then I don’t know [who does]."
The manager's say
See what Klopp had to say about the meeting with Stoke - and much more - with our full video of his pre-match press conference on Friday...
So, what do we know ahead of kick-off?
Sadio Mane is a doubt for the Reds after Jürgen Klopp confirmed the Senegal international picked up a 'not too serious' issue this week.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's season is over due to the knee ligament injury he sustained against AS Roma, while Emre Can and Adam Lallana remain unavailable.
For Stoke, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (groin) and Konstantinos Stafylidis (rib) are ruled out, and former Liverpool full-back Glen Johnson (groin) is a doubt.
Here is how the front cover of today's matchday programme looks...
To kick things off, take a look at how the two sides have fared in the Premier League so far this season with our number-tastic Opta widget below...
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