Liverpool 4-0 Stoke City

Liverpool 4-0 Stoke City

Premier League
Anfield
Wed 19th August 2009 8:00 pm

Liverpool roared to a comprehensive victory – etching away the misery of the opening defeat to Spurs, and the memory of last season’s two 0-0 draws against Stoke City.

With Skrtel out of the squad after failing to recover from his fractured jaw, Daniel Ayala, made his full debut for Liverpool. Glen Johnson was also making his first competitive debut at Anfield – and elsewhere Benayoun replaced Babel in the starting line up.

It didn’t take long for Liverpool to open their account. A move down the right wing saw Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard set Torres up who banged in the reds opener in the 4th minute.

Torres scores against Stoke

Liverpool were the more attacking side but it was Stoke who saw the best of the opening half’s set pieces – although the reds dealt easily with Delap’s thunderous throws.

Glen Johnson was a constant threat for the reds, seemingly combining the roles of right winger and right back.

Lucas Leiva was also marshalling the midfield excellently – covering for Mascherano who still needs to learn to do his talking with the ball and not at the ref.

Johnson was lucky to escape a two footed lunge then went unpunished and towards the end of the half Torres face collided with Ryan Shawcross and after a mini blood-bath on the pitch he went off to receive 9 temporary stitches across his left eyebrow.

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torres-stitches

Insua had opportunities to double the reds lead but the opportunity passed him by.

As the first half wore down, Gerrard sent in a penetrating corner which eventually arrived within bicycle-kick range of Glen Johnson who fired home to score on his Liverpool debut.

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Glen Johnson scores for Liverpool against Stoke

HT: 2-0

Stoke had the first real chance of the second half. Ryan Delap’s shot magnificently saved by Pepe Reina in the reds goal.

In the 50th minute Johnson made a fine clearance in what was one of Stoke’s last chances of the game.

As the second half wore on Liverpool’s passing quality rose to the fore, and Liverpool’s third goal was a brilliant team goal. Some excellent passing, a neat turn and pass by Gerrard and Dirk Kuyt fired the reds third in the 78th minute.

Gerrard, Torres and Kuyt all got a deserved round of applause as they were replaced and it was Voronin who took down a long field pass and almost scored the reds 4th.

But that accolade went to David N’gog – a great bit of running from Johnson saw his shot parried by the keeper and N’gog headed the ball home in the 93rd minute to see the reds deliver a demolition to Stoke City.

David N'Gog scores against Stoke

Our Man of the Match

Lucas Leiva has his critics but he was in fine form in this game but on his home debut Glen Johnson is our deserved man of the match. (Vote for your man of the match here in the forum)

Post Match Comments

Rafa Benitez:

“We have plenty of room for improvement. Some players are still short of full fitness.

“We are working hard to see if we can announce good new signings. We have enough money for now.”

Team News

Liverpool: Reina, Insua, Carragher, Ayala, Johnson, Gerrard (Voronin 81), Benayoun, Leiva, Mascherano, Kuyt (Riera 81), Torres (N’gog 84)

Subs not used: Cavalieri, Kelly, Dossena, Babel

Goals: Torres 4, Johnson 44, Kuyt 78, N’gog 93

Stoke City: Sorensen, Higginbotham, Shawcross, Faye, Wilkinson, Whelan, Whitehead (Pugh 69), Delap, Etherington, Beattie (Fuller 62), Cresswell (Lawrence 62)

Subs not used: Simonsen, Griffin, Cort, Kitson

Yellow cards: Whitehead

Referee: Peter Walton

Attendance: 44,318

  • lia

    Good job guys….
    i really glad to hear that .^^

  • Ian Cade

    I agree Babel should go….. he`s had loads of chances and time to settle in but hasn`t really done either… Thought Ngog almost missed the net too. I think Insua needs a few games on the trot

  • Imran

    Been crying for ages that Rafa should play the excellent Benayoun instead the useless Babel!.The boy creates and is a major threat to the opposition reminding me a bit of McManaman in his heyday.

    It was a good performance by the boys against a team we drew against last season so that’s something really positive.Johnson seems to be a breath of fresh air who i’m greatly impressed with but we still need a forward,we’re in big trouble if Torres gets injured!

    Man Utd’s defeat against Burnley proves that they’re missing Ronaldo and perhaps even Tevez because Owen is past his sell by date so have weakened considerably.We must strike while the iron is hot by buying another forward….the new Greek guy is good back-up in defence so i’m happy we signed him.

  • http://www.no1fan.co.uk Paul (No1Fan)

    A great result and I agree, Johnson looked brilliant. I was a bit of a doubter when we splashed out £18 million but he was on fire last night, Stevie Gerard’s little turn on the touchline was sublime. Now that Man Utd lost at Burnley things look a lot brighter!

  • Ittira

    all hail liverpool!!YNWL..i just hope we play the next game with the same squad..that is without babel!

  • Naym

    Brilliant stuff!!! Johnson had a storming match & what a beauty he scored! It can only get better guys, I’m very optimistic!!!

    To top it all, The freaking mancs lost!!!

    hahahehe

  • King Sensai

    Thats more like it red men.
    Im sure thats give us all a lift and give us the confidence to go forward.
    Bring on the villa and Martin Oniel .
    I heard he has a new dummy and hasnt droped it out of his pram yet!!!!
    The Mighty Reds LFC

  • iAsaf

    Yossi Benayoun 90 minutes = 3 points and lovely game!

  • Amie

    well done liverpool…

  • Anfieldmyanmar

    I mean Babel was useless, culess off the ball or with the ball. We should start with Yossi all the game.

  • Anfieldmyanmar

    Hi This was quick, How do you get those photos? from TV, I wake up 3:00am this morning to watch the match live. Excellent result. Torres definately up his tempo, Sunday match he fell down all the time. Agree we should start with Yossi all the time, he has good control of the ball and eyes to pass the ball and some nice trick now and then. Babel was useless, clueless better off the ball or with the ball, sell him asap.

  • neeker

    Seriously, this is Stoke, whom we should’ve cooked for breakfast, lunch and dinner last season, twice, but didn’t. It’s only right that we do it now.

    I hope Torres is ok though. He’s an icon and apart from playing well and scoring, he needs to look good!

  • nokx

    Super… lets build on this…..super goal from GJ….. we should give villa same treatment… 1st repect them s they agce us a hard time this time around lst season n then punish them…. Go the reds…

  • glen gaffney

    a first class team effort. johnson has added a dimension liverpool never had before,if we keep this up in spite of ownership issues we could be league champions this year

  • Felix el Nino

    See? Much ado about nothing really. Great performance! Johnson looks like he is worth every penny, where are those critics now? Lets now do the business against Villa..YNWA.