Last Updated: 14/01/12 4:52pm
It finishes 0-0 as Liverpool drop more points at home in the race to finish in the top four. Overall it was a disappointing game with chances few and far between with Stoke defending resolutely.
Late booking for Walters as he tusg back Enrique. Bellamy's free-kick is poor and goes straight into Sorensen's grateful arms.
Another Liverpool move breaks down on the edge of the box as Enrique's pass towards Bellamy is overhit and runs out of play.
From the corner from Bellamy Skrtel gets a free header but heads down into the ground and over the crossbar.
Adam spots Sorensen off his line and tries his luck just past the halfway line, but his effort is easily saved by the Stoke keeper.
Best chance of the game as Enrique's cross is deflected into the path of Kuyt unmarked in front of goal but the Dutchman sends his diving header wide of the goal. Really should have scored.
Huth has his arms all over Carroll inside the box, but Webb is again unmoved as he ignores Liverpool penalty appeals.
Before a Liverpool corner comes in there is all sorts of holding inside the box that Webb is struggling to control. Liverpool have two penalty appeals waved away by Webb as Carroll and then Kuyt go down inside the box but no penalty is awarded much to the fury of the home side.
Kuyt almost gets on the end of Gerrard's inside the box, but the ball runs away from him as Sorensen gathers.
Gerrard is caught in possesion just outside his own box by Walters who then slices his shot wide of the target.
Ambitious effort from Henderson from fully 35 yards is easily blocked which is a sign that Liverpool are running out of ideas in the final third.
Great play fom Gerrard and Enrique down the left see the Spaniard cross to the back post for Henderson who sees his volley blocked by his own player Carroll.
Webb is not endearing himself to home fans as he somehow gives a throw to Stoke when everyone in the crowd saw it as a Liverpool throw.
Carroll is straight into the play as him and Shawcross are involved in a wrestling match from the corner but Webb does not give a foul.
Etherington's free-kick is well defended by Skrtel under pressure from Shawcross as Liverpool clear the danger.
Stoke win a free-kick right on the edge of the box as Coates brings down Walters. Dangerous position.
Adam picks out Enrique with the pass of the game, but the Spaniard's cross is poor and is easily collected by Sorensen when Liverpool finally had men in the box.
Another cross from Enrique just floats harmlessly across the six-yard box with not one Liverpool player in the box to get on the end of it.
Johnson works his way past a Stoke challenge and tries his luck with his left-foot from the edge of the box, but the ball sails well wide of the target.
Carless corner conceded by Carragher as his header is too powerful towards Reina and Stoke win the first corner of the game.
Another disappointing cross from Downing in a good position. Too often it is breaking down on the edge of the box for the home side.
Restart: Stoke will get the second half underway defending the Kop with no changes from either side.
As we get closer to the restart the biggest cheer of the day so far was the appearance of former Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia at half-time.
Referee Howard Webb brings the first half to a close and Stoke will be happy with the opening 45 minutes as they have frustrated Liverpool with chances few and far between. Surely Kenny Dalglish will have to make changes at the break as there has been little inspiration from the home side in the opening period.
Downing's cross into the box is headed clear by Woodgate and when the ball comes in from the box from Johnson there is no one in a Reds shirt to get on the end of it. Natives are growing more and more restless at the lack of numbers getting into the box.
Huth's interception from Johnson's cross almost diverts into his own net at the expense of a Liverpool corner. From the corner Stoke again manage to clear the danger. Frustration is growing among the home fans.
Decent effort from Henderson as he finds space on the edge of the box and fires in a left-footed shot which Sorensen saves low down to his left.
Liverpool win a free-kick on the edge of the box as Palacios brings down Enrique. Shooting chance for the home side here.
Great turn and run from Downing from just inside the Stoke half and he fires in a shot from the edge of the box which flies over the crossbar. Best bit of play so far today.
Nice move from Liverpool as Kuyt almost sends Johnson clear on goal, but Shawcross just does enough to snuff out the danger and Sorensen collects the loose ball.
Dangerous ball across the box from Skrtel intended for Adam's run is just missed by the Scot as Stoke survive and win a goalkick.
Henderson wastes a great opening for Liverpool as he takes too long to get his pass to the unmarked Enrique on the edge of the box and Stoke get bodies back to clear the danger.
Stoke almost catch Liverpool on the break as Etherington runs unchallenged from the halfway line and fires in a shot which Reina just palms out and Liverpool clear the danger.
Frustration around Anfield as another Liverpool attack breaks down as Kuyt hits his intended pass straight out of play.
Woodgate is lucky to escape a booking for a late tackle on Downing. He gets a ticking off from Howard Webb.
Another Liverpool move breaks down as Henderson overruns the ball out of play. Stoke defending well and happy to allow Liverpool to have the ball in front of their packed rearguard.
Great run from Coates has the Anfield crowd on their feet as he wins a corner.Gerrard's corner is straight into the hands of Sorensen.
Liverpool have loads of the ball, but very little cutting edge as they look to get to grips with their new formation.
Great tackle from Palacios as Adam latches onto Enrique's through ball as Liverpool win the first corner of the game. From the corner Adam misses at the far post when he really should have scored. Great chance missed by the home side.
Good build up play from Liverpool, but Henderson's cross from the right is comfortably collected by Sorensen.
Etherington has the first chance of the game from Walters' knockdown, but he slices his shot well wide of the target.
As expected Liverpool playing 3-5-2 with Skrtel, Coates and Carragher the three central defenders and Johnson and Enrique wing-backs.
Today's referee is World Cup final official Howard Webb in what is the third meeting of the season between Liverpool and Stoke.
Opta stat: Stoke have fired in the fewest shots on target in the Premier League (54), but Liverpool have the worst chance conversion rate in the top flight (9%).
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Coates, Skrtel, Jose Enrique, Carragher, Adam, Henderson, Gerrard, Downing, Kuyt.
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