Stoke City 1-1 Liverpool

Premier League
Saturday 16 January 2010 - 12:45 pm
Britannia Stadium
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Liverpool put in a spirited performance for 80 minutes before succumbing to another last minute defensive switch-off to take a point at the Britannia stadium.

With 6 changes from mid-week, Gerrard, Torres and Benayoun all suffering injuries that will leave them on the sidelines for a while, Liverpool opted to use Aurelio and Degen on the wings, moving Kuyt inside to play behind N’gog.

The reds also welcomed back Mascherano who completed his 4 game suspension to face the same referee who had despatched him out of the Liverpool squad.

After an initial barrage of Rory Delap throw ins which the reds defended well, the reds began to get a grip on the game.  Dictating the game but creating few chances. N’gog was isolated up front. Kyrgiakos was doing a fine job in the defence, his ability in the air a clear reminder to the kind of defensive qualities that have been so evidently lacking in recent months.

Further up the pitch and Lucas appeared to be the reds most creative player, and when a neat 1-2 was returned to him in the box he was brought down.  No penalty was given and to rub salt in to the wounds he was yellow carded.

The second half still went pretty much the reds way. Chances were rare for either team but Liverpool looked comfortable with an impressive defensive display.

Eventually the reds broke the deadlock and it was fitting that Kyrgiakos got the final touch on the ball.  Aurelio, arguably the best free kick taker at the club, put the ball exactly in to the right kind of danger zone and the swarm of red players enabled enough distraction to the keeper. Kyrgiakos poked the ball over the line.

Aquilani and Rodriguez (making his debut) were sent on for Ngog and Degen.

However, just as against Reading – in the last 10 minutes of the game the reds low confidence shone through as they began inviting pressure on themselves in a desperate attempt to defend the 1 goal lead. Reina urged them to press forward but it was to little avail.

The reds conceded needless throw ins and corners and eventually a corner failed to be dealt with and from close range Stoke put the ball in the reds net in the final minute of the match.

Before the game a point may have been taken, but the manner of the final goal hit hard.

With Man City and Spurs failing to capitalise the reds escaped further punishment.

Liverpool do not expect to welcome back any injured players as 4th placed Spurs travel to Anfield on Wednesday.  Liverpool will be aiming to close the gap to one point.

7 comments on
Stoke City 1-1 Liverpool

  1. have been saying it for a while now, but its time to put more faith in the young players in the panel.

    Against Reading, Spearing was ready to come on with 10 minutes to go. Aqualini was out on his feet and missing tackles. Spearing was not introduced and we eneded up conceeding after Mr Aqualini missed a tackle and failed to get back. Ball should never have got as far as the box to give the peno away.

    Against Stoke, we should have made a straight swap, Pancheo for Ngog and keep two up front. By withdrawning a forward and flooding midfield, we invited their big defenders to come up the pitch. They were pushing and leaving space behind their defense. Pancheo would have exploiting this.

  2. After watching that rubbish i don’t hold much hope for us beating spurs…………..
    Stevie G and Torres going in the summer i wouldn’t blame them if they did.
    Hicks, Gillett and Rafa out PLEASE before the 2 above do leave for sure.


  3. Same old story
    Weak at the far post allowing the ball to be put back across goal Again!!!
    Reina needs to come out off his line and help to clear the crosses.
    Kuyt should have scored with an easy header at the end and he was also beaten at the far post for their goal. Shite.
    Fed up Pissed off no future for us at this moment but

  4. It was hard battling performance, But still negative tactics.. (2 full backs in midfield). Not enough chances created. Just hoping Aurelio plays full back on wednesday because Insua is just not good enough to cope with McAnuff, never mind Lennon!!

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