Wednesday February 2, 2011 Day 25 Finished Anfield

Liverpool 2 - 0 Stoke City

  • Raul Meireles 47’
  • Suarez 79’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Liverpool
    • Stoke City
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    • 90+3' There goes the whistle! All over. Great night for the home fans. Liverpool enjoy a 2-0 win.
    • 89' Three minutes to be added.
    • 88' Suarez with another shot at goal. This time straight at Begovic from 25 yards out.
    • 87' Begovic races from his line to thump the ball away from Kuyt. Kuyt has worked tirelessly this evening.
    • 86' Liverpol have been well worthy of the win in this match. Pennant with the ball up front again, but again he is isolated.
    • 85' Fuller tracks back to deny Kelly space and Stoke earn the goalkick and some respite.
    • 84' Shelvey with the corner. Ball breaks to Gerrard and he slams a volley narrowly over. Superb from the skipper.
    • 83' Stoke have a home game against Sunderland at the weekend. They will need to lift themselves for that one. Begovic saves from Shelvey. Corner to the home side.
    • 82' Dalglish trying to rouse his troops. Doesn't want to concede any goals as Gerrard robs Wilkinson.
    • 81' Meanwhile, Collins has been booked for a late challenge. Surely all over here. Stoke have done little or nothing all night long.
    • 80' Great pass by Kuyt to play in Suarez for that goal. A big smile from Andy Carroll who is looking on from the stands.
    • 79' Walters hammers a shot at goal, but saved by Reina. Fine stop.
    • 78' GOAL FOR LIVERPOOL! Suarez has scored! He rounds Begovic before sliding the ball into the net. Wilkinson tried to clear but he knocks the ball into his own net via a post. Game over.
    • 77' Disappointing play on the attack by Stoke before Higginbotham comes across to make a fine tackle on Suarez. Had to make that challenge.
    • 76' Has been a real barren night for the visitors so far, but as long as there is one goal there is life in this match. Stoke back on the attack as Fuller wins the ball.
    • 75' Scorer Meireles departs to be replaced by Jonjo Shelvey.
    • 74' Stoke deal with the corner, but Suarez shows his class with a little backheel seconds later. Wilkinson reads the danger as he hammers the ball off Skrtel for a goalkick.
    • 73' Liverpool break from the back. Suarez plays in Meireles who feeds Kelly. His cross hits a blue shirt and Liverpool win a corner.
    • 72' Gerrard dinks over the ball, but too much height on the delivery as it flies over. Goalkick to Stoke.
    • 71' Delap guilty of foul play on Gerrard and Liverpool have a free-kick on the edge of the Stoke box.
    • 70' Johnson matches Pennant stride for stride and the Stoke player cannot cut the ball back across goal. Goalkick to the home team.
    • 69' Pennant dashes down a flank. Throws over a cross, but easy take for Reina in the home goal. Yet to make a real save this evening.
    • 68' So on we go after a couple of minutes of a delay for those changes. Fuller with the ball. Passes to Collins before Walters breaks up a home attack.
    • 67' Stoke alter with the system as Ricardo Fuller replaces Wilson. Last throw of the dice for them in this match.
    • 66' Danny Collins has come on for Faye at the heart of the visiting defence. Not what they needed, but they will have to get on with it.
    • 65' Problems for Faye. Looks like he has done his hamstring. That is going to be his last action of the night.
    • 64' Kevin Keegan and Dalglish have worn the number seven shirt in the past and now the £22.8million Uruguayan wears it for Liverpool. Can he emulate their success?
    • 63' Here comes Luis Suarez. He gets a standing ovation as he replaces Aurelio. Liverpool with Suarez and Kuyt up front now.
    • 62' Stoke make their first change of the night as Rory Delap replaces Diao.
    • 61' Lovely pass from Pennant to Carew. He thumps a shot at goal, but just wide of the target. Arguably the best attack of the night from Stoke.
    • 60' Kuyt dinks a little ball into the box, but Diao has time and and space to clear the danger on the edge of his own area.
    • 59' Begovic just wallops a ball long. Nobody there. Kyrgiakos relishing the physical battle with Carew. Liverpool on the attack.
    • 58' Carew caught offside from Wilkinson's pass. Not much support for the big Norwegian.
    • 57' Pennant does well to keep a cross in play, but he has no support. Carew will never reach that. Liverpool with the ball at the back.
    • 56' Gerrard tries his luck from the angle of the Stoke box, but can only wallop a couple of blue shirts.
    • 55' Another booking. This time Johnson is booked for a blatant shoulder charge on Wilkinson that he takes on the face. Four yellows so far tonight.
    • 54' Meireles brings down Wilkinson and that is a free-kick to the visiting side. All a bit heated at the moment. A few meaty challenges.
    • 53' Gerrard hammers the ball against Higginbotham, but the Liverpool skipper's corner is cleared by the visiting defence.
    • 52' Lucas can't control the ball from Gerrard's corner after Johnson goes down. Referee gave Liverpool advantage rather than award them a free-kick.
    • 51' Carew brings down Agger. Cynical tackle from behind. He is booked and rightly so.
    • 50' What have Soke got in their locke. Have scored once on their nine previous visits to Anfield. Need one tonight. Agger wins the ball from Carew.
    • 49' Kyrgiakos does well there to step aside for Meireles to apply the finish. Vital goal for the home side. Kenny Dalglish has a smile as long as the Mersey. Great moment to score.
    • 48' GOAL TO LIVERPOOL! Meireles smashes the ball into the net after Gerrard's shot broke to him in the area. Great finish from 12 yards.
    • 47' No sign of Suarez yet for the home side. Agger chopped down and Diao has been booked. Free-kick to Liverpool.
    • 46' Stoke get us underway in this second period. No changes for either side.
    • 45+1' There goes the half-time whistle. No goals, but that is not for the lack of trying. Stoke will be relieved to be goalless at the break.
    • 44' Going to be a minute added to the half.
    • 43' Liverpool suddenly coming to life. Remember Stoke have never picked up a win at Anfield. Kuyt wins a header, but is deemed to be offside.
    • 42' Kuyt fires in a shot from Lucas's pass. Great save by Begovic. Really fine stop.
    • 41' Johnson scampers down a flank. Opens up for Lucas, but his shot is charged down by the visiting side.
    • 40' Johnson drops a high and hopeful ball into the area. Begovic comes to collect. Good take by the Stoke keeper.
    • 39' Going to be a booking here. Huth is booked for a late tackle on Kelly. Referee not happy about the feet and studs showing.
    • 38' Kuyt enjoying a fine night. Sometimes is dropping a bit too deep, but he has been superb as the lone striker. Still no goal though.
    • 37' So unlucky for Kuyt. Just couldn't get the ball down from Gerrard's pass. The Dutch striker is crowded out by Higginbotham before he fires over.
    • 36' Another Liverpool chance comes and goes as Kuyt nods wide. Think that was Gerrard's ball into the area. Was a free header. Should have been a goal.
    • 35' Wonderful save by Begovic! He somehow keeps out a Johnson header from five yards out. Stupendous stop.
    • 34' Kuyt coming deeper and deeper to win the ball, which is no use as a lone striker. Suarez warms up on the touchline wearing a pair of orange boots.
    • 33' A few boos and then a bit quiet. Not exactly a classic Liverpool night at Anfield yet. Carew wins the ball in a challenge with Kelly.
    • 32' Diao decides to go for goal from 35 yards. He was off balance and he screws his shot high and wide.
    • 31' Faye just making sure the ball reaches Bogovic before Agger and Wilkinson fly into a ferocious challenge. No messing about there.
    • 30' Walters tries to get on the end of Pennant's free-kick before he wallops a shot over the bar seconds later. Liverpool yet to stamp their authority on the match.
    • 29' Silly foul by Agger on Pennant. Clipped him late and Stoke have a free-kick in a dangerous position.
    • 28' Disappointing pass by Agger there. Tried to play in Meireles, but the ball flies out of play. Stoke have the ball.
    • 27' Good defending by Huth before Begovic comes to punch clear. Stoke prepared to fight for every ball out there.
    • 26' Superb run by Gerrard. Tries to flick it to Kuyt in the area, but the home side win a corner.
    • 25' Kyrgiakos and Carew battling for possession. Liverpool have enough bodies back, but Stoke will need to get men forward to support Carew. Big gap between him and the Stoke midfield.
    • 24' Tony Pulis looking a bit animated on the Stoke bench, but he must be happy with how things are working out. Liverpool have only had one chance.
    • 23' Reina shanks a kick out of play under pressure from Carew. Was a tough ball back from Kyrgiakos to be fair. Not the kind of ball a defender wants to deal with never mind a keeper.
    • 22' Stoke not fussy about hurtling the ball up the park. Johnson just fails to control a pass and the ball bounces out of play.
    • 21' Lovely cross by Pennant. Attacked by Carew in the box, but he nods just wide. That was a dangerous moment.
    • 20' Liverpool again on the move, but Kelly and Gerrard confuse each other and Stoke pick up. Intelligent movement by Kuyt.
    • 19' Kelly throws the ball into the danger zone before Stoke hammer the ball up the park courtesy of Walters.
    • 18' Gerrard hammers that cross in into the heart of the visiting box, but no takers as Stoke clear their lines. Kuyt is then fouled by Faye. Free-kick to Liverpool.
    • 17' Cross by Johnson at the other end is put out by Huth and Liverpool have a corner.
    • 16' Wilkinson throws a high ball into the box. They continue to try to pick out Carew with the long ball, but he is offside there.
    • 15' Stoke continue to snap into the the challenges as soon as Liverpool pass the halway line. Stoke with five men across that midfield.
    • 14' Move breaks down and Liverpool can build from the back.
    • 13' Liverpool with 70% of possession, but Stoke continue to look menacing on the counter attack. Pennant finds Diao who finds Wilson. Decent movement.
    • 12' Liverpool with the ball at the back. Was a claim for a penalty against Huth, but the referee says no penalty. Probably called that right. No deliberate handball.
    • 11' Skrtel decides to have a go at goal from distance. Ball well wide of the target with the outside of a foot.
    • 10' Faye comes across to smash the ball away from Kuyt. Alert defending.
    • 9' Lucas and Walters collide, but Stoke have a free-kick. Delivery is good from Pennant, breaks to Walters in the box, but he has walloped that shot over the bar. Chance gone.
    • 8' Wilkinson comes up to take a long throw-in. Met by Carew before Skrtel charges down a Whitehead shot. Decent play by Stoke.
    • 7' Johnson tries to dash down the left flank, but fails to reach a pass. Has been a bright enough opening by the home side.
    • 6' It was Diao who got that ball off the line. Terrific spot of defending as Begovic was beaten there.
    • 5' Great corner by Gerrard. Met by Kyrgiakos, but Stoke scramble the ball off the line. So close to the opener. Stoke living dangerously.
    • 4' Stoke wearing blue strips. Liverpool in traditional red. Stoke pushing up the park as much as possible. Huth comes in to tackle Gerrard, but Liverpool have a corner.
    • 3' Meireles tries to play in Kuyt. Just too much pace on the pass. Interesting to see Kuyt back up front as the lone striker.
    • 2' Second of three games in six games for Stoke having won 1-0 against Wolves in the FA Cup at the weekend. Higginbotham whacks the ball long to Carew. Liverpool deal with it.
    • 1' Liverpool get us off and running at Anfield.
    • 19.57 Liverpool have 48 wins, Stoke with 20 wins and there have been 27 draws in the 95 previous meetings of these clubs.
    • 19.55 Players out on the park. The teams shake hands and we are almost ready to go...before we listen to You'll Never Walk Alone, of course.........
    • 19.50 Andy Carroll is being introduced to the Kop at Anfield. He is wearing a dark suit, and is getting a standing ovation. The £35million striker looking relaxed and happy with his lot. His team-mates will be hoping to be sporting a similar look after this match.
    • 19.45 STOKE TEAM NEWS: Stoke make five changes to the side that beat Wolves in the FA Cup fourth round. They will opt for a 4-5-1 formation with John Carew starting up front on his own. Jermaine Pennant, Salif Diao, Mark Wilson, Dean Whitehead and Jonathan Walters return to the starting line-up. Andy Wilkinson and Danny Higginbotham both passed late fitness tests and are fit to start.
    • 19.40 LIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS: Dirk Kuyt starts up front with Fabio Aurelio in central midfield. Jamie Carragher returns to the bench after his period out with a dislocated shoulder. New £35million signing Andy Carroll misses out due to injury.
    • 19.35 Liverpool have won six and lost just one of their last eight Premier League games at Anfield. Only Chelsea and Manchester United have picked up more points at home than Liverpool going into this set of fixtures.
    • 19.30 Stoke haven’t scored in their two Premier League visits to Anfield. The Potters have lost 27 and won none of their last 30 visits to Anfield. The Potters are the only team in the top flight not to have scored a goal in the opening 15 minutes of a game.
    • 19.25 The referee is Anthony Taylor of Cheshire.
    • 19.20 Stoke: Begovic, Wilkinson, Faye, Huth, Higginbotham, Pennant, Wilson, Diao, Whitehead, Carew, Walters Subs: Sorensen, Collins, Whelan, Jones, Fuller, Delap, Etherington
    • 19.15 Teams: Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Kyrgiakos, Skrtel, Agger, Johnson, Lucas, Gerrard, Aurelio, Meireles, Kuyt Subs: Gulacsi, Suarez, Maxi, Carragher, Ngog, Poulsen, Shelvey
    • 19.10 Good evening and welcome to live coverage of Liverpool v Stoke City from Anfield.
  • Summary

    • 84' Shelvey with the corner. Ball breaks to Gerrard and he slams a volley narrowly over. Superb from the skipper.
    • 79' Walters hammers a shot at goal, but saved by Reina. Fine stop.
    • 78' GOAL FOR LIVERPOOL! Suarez has scored! He rounds Begovic before sliding the ball into the net. Wilkinson tried to clear but he knocks the ball into his own net via a post. Game over.
    • 61' Lovely pass from Pennant to Carew. He thumps a shot at goal, but just wide of the target. Arguably the best attack of the night from Stoke.
    • 48' GOAL TO LIVERPOOL! Meireles smashes the ball into the net after Gerrard's shot broke to him in the area. Great finish from 12 yards.
    • 42' Kuyt fires in a shot from Lucas's pass. Great save by Begovic. Really fine stop.
    • 37' So unlucky for Kuyt. Just couldn't get the ball down from Gerrard's pass. The Dutch striker is crowded out by Higginbotham before he fires over.
    • 36' Another Liverpool chance comes and goes as Kuyt nods wide. Think that was Gerrard's ball into the area. Was a free header. Should have been a goal.
    • 35' Wonderful save by Begovic! He somehow keeps out a Johnson header from five yards out. Stupendous stop.
    • 21' Lovely cross by Pennant. Attacked by Carew in the box, but he nods just wide. That was a dangerous moment.
    • 5' Great corner by Gerrard. Met by Kyrgiakos, but Stoke scramble the ball off the line. So close to the opener. Stoke living dangerously.
    • 19.20 Stoke: Begovic, Wilkinson, Faye, Huth, Higginbotham, Pennant, Wilson, Diao, Whitehead, Carew, Walters Subs: Sorensen, Collins, Whelan, Jones, Fuller, Delap, Etherington
    • 19.15 Teams: Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Kyrgiakos, Skrtel, Agger, Johnson, Lucas, Gerrard, Aurelio, Meireles, Kuyt Subs: Gulacsi, Suarez, Maxi, Carragher, Ngog, Poulsen, Shelvey

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • J. Reina
      • M. Kelly
      • M. Škrtel
      • S. Kyrgiakos
      • D. Agger
      • G. Johnson Yellow Card
      • Lucas
      • Fábio Aurélio Substitution Out (63′)
      • S. Gerrard
      • Raul Meireles Goal Substitution Out (75′)
      • D. Kuyt

      Subs

      • J. Carragher
      • C. Poulsen
      • M. Rodríguez
      • D. N'Gog
      • J. Shelvey Substitution In75′
      • L. Suarez Substitution In63′ Goal
      • P. Gulacsi
    • Starting line-up

      • A. Begovic
      • A. Wilkinson
      • R. Huth Yellow Card
      • A. Diagne-Faye Substitution Out (65′)
      • D. Higginbotham
      • M. Wilson Substitution Out (67′)
      • S. Diao Yellow Card Substitution Out (61′)
      • J. Pennant
      • D. Whitehead
      • J. Carew Yellow Card
      • J. Walters

      Subs

      • T. Sørensen
      • R. Delap Substitution In61′
      • M. Etherington
      • R. Fuller Substitution In67′
      • D. Collins Substitution In65′ Yellow Card
      • K. Jones
      • G. Whelan
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