Sunday, January 15, 2012

~ Liverpool held by Stoke at Anfield ~

Barclays Premier League
Liverpool vs Stoke City
Stadium : Anfield

Results :
Liverpool 0
Stoke 0

Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Carragher, Coates, Enrique, Adam, Gerrard, Downing, Henderson, Kuyt

Stoke City
Sorensen, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson, Woodgate, Delap, Whelan, Palacios, Etherington, Walters, Crouch

Liverpool were left frustrated after they were held to a goalless draw by Stoke City at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.

Despite dominating possession for the majority of the contest, the Reds were unable to break down a resolute Potters rearguard. Dirk Kuyt missed the best opportunity to break the deadlock with just over 10 minutes remaining when he headed wide from a good position, meaning the points were to be shared between the two sides.

Kenny Dalglish made five changes to the side that began against Manchester City in midweek, with Jamie Carragher returning to the starting XI to join Sebastian Coates and Martin Skrtel in a three-man central defence. There was also a starting berth for Kuyt, with the Dutchman leading the line supported by Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing in what was a 3-4-2-1 formation.

It took until after the break for Dalglish's side to find their feet but they still struggled to carve out chances against the obdurate Potters and it cost them yet another three points.

They may still be unbeaten at home this season but they have now drawn seven of their 11 matches and the issue is starting to become more of a problem. The point was exactly what Stoke had come for, however, and they left happy after doing a textbook job in stifling their hosts' creative abilities.


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