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Saturday 20 September 2008 15:00 , Barclays Premier League

14:00 GMT : Match Starts
1 min : Stoke City kick off attacking the Kop end
1 min : First corner of the game to Liverpool
2 mins : Stevie G delivers but Stoke clear. The ball is worked to the left flank where the Reds earn a free-kick in a dangerous position
3 mins : Controversy early on as Stevie G's free-kick goes straight in for what would have been his 100th goal - but the ref rules it out and the score remains 0-0
5 mins : Alonso loses possession in his own half allowing Kitson to drill a 25 yard shot just over Reina's goal. Sloppy play by the Reds
8 mins : Chance for Keane - but still no goal. Kuyt plays a low ball in from the right and the Irishman reacts with an instant flick. Unfortunatley the net does not bulge and the ball drops straight into the hands of Sorensen
11 mins : Keane earns the Reds a free-kick just outside the Stoke box. Another chance for Stevie?
12 mins : Gerrard fires an effort goalwards but Sorensen is equal to it
13 mins : A flowing move ends with Xabi drilling a first time shot well wide. It's all LFC so far
15 mins : Riera fizzes a great low ball across the six yard box but Torres and Keane both fail to connect
18 mins : Another free-kick to Liverpool. Xabi to deliver from the right
19 mins : Stoke clear and a sustained period of Reds possession ends in frustration. Play is currently suspended with a Stoke player down injured
22 mins : Sorensen gets play underway again
22 mins : Substitution: Leon Cort for Ibrahima Sonko:
24 mins : Another chance falls the way of the skipper but this time he gets it all wrong and the visitors survive again
25 mins : Kuyt's delicious half-volley pass releases Torres but just as it seems El Nino is set to score Olofinjana gets across to make an effective challenge
27 mins : Riera sizes one up but sees his powerful strike from the left-hand edge of the area fly just past the post
29 mins : Another corner to Liverpool. Surely the possession will pay off sooner rather than later
29 mins : A short corner tees up Alonso who sees his fierce drive beaten away by Sorensen
31 mins : It's all hands to the pump for the Stoke defence but so far they have managed to cope
34 mins : Riera and Dossena combine well down the left but, as has so often been the case this so far, a Stoke shirt is there to block the cross
40 mins : Another flowing Reds move ends with a visiting player hacking the ball to safety
41 mins : Alonso sums up the frustration with an overhit free-kick that floats harmlessly wide of Sorensen's goal
43 mins : A late flurry of pressure as LFC try to make the breakthrough before half-time
44 mins : Xabi's 30-yarder has goal written all over it but a Stoke body deflects it to safety
45 mins : First chance to see the Delap long throw...Reina claims easily
14:47 GMT : Half Time Reached
15:03 GMT : Second Half Begins
46 mins : Liverpool kick off the second half attacking the Kop end
47 mins : Stoke almost make the perfect start to the second half but Liam Lawrence stabs wide after he was left unmarked at the far post
51 mins : More Reds pressure finishes with Riera's header deflecting out for a goal kick. A breather for Stoke
51 mins : Arbeloa does brilliantly to outfox his man down the right and delivers a beautiful cross for Keane who sees his instinctive volley well stopped by the keeper
52 mins : At the other end Delap's second long throw almost results in a goal but Skrtel manages to clear at the back post
54 mins : The Reds are trying to up the ante and Torres couldn't come any closer, sending a great header just past the post from Arbeloa's pinpoint centre
56 mins : It's one-way traffic - a complete siege on the Stoke goal but somehow they continue to survive
57 mins : A promising move comes to nothing as Torres runs the ball out of play for a goal kick
60 mins : An hour gone and we are still goalless
61 mins : It should be 1-0. Reina throws the ball to Alonso who powers towards the Stoke goal - but somehow he and Keane fail to make the most of it and the groans of frustration increase around Anfield
63 mins : The attendance today is 43,931
64 mins : The ball falls to Torres six yards out, goal gaping - but it doesn't hit the net and Stoke deflect it to safety
65 mins : Substitution: Ryan Babel for Albert Riera:
66 mins : Substitution: Richard Cresswell for Liam Lawrence:
67 mins : Gerrard finds Kuyt in the area but the Dutchman sees his shot beaten away at the near post by Sorensen
67 mins : Another shot from Kuyt but this time his audacious curler flies just wide of the post
70 mins : Deja vu as Gerrard's inswinging free-kick beats everybody - but this time it floats agonisingly wide of the far post
72 mins : It shows our dominance when Carra curls a 25 yarder just wide
73 mins : Substitution: Yossi Benayoun for Robbie Keane:
74 mins : Gerrard shoots...but it's over the top. It's looking like one of those days for LFC
76 mins : Another chance for Stevie to set his sights but a Stoke body deflects it narrowly wide
78 mins : Substitution: Ricardo Fuller for Dave Kitson:
78 mins : How LFc are not well ahead in this match is anyone's guess!
79 mins : It's almost like shooting practice out there. Again it's Stevie but this time he's way off target with his left foot
80 mins : This time Xabi tests Sorensen but the Dane gathers the 20-yard effort easily
81 mins : Delap with the long throw...
81 mins : Easily cleared but Stoke regain possession and earn a free-kick off Arbeloa just outside the LFC box
82 mins : Delap's shot deflects off teh wall and the red onslaught continues
84 mins : Kuyt sums up the finishing this afternoon with a wild effort from the edge of the Stoke area
84 mins : Torres attempts to go one better by firing high, wide and handsome into the Kop
85 mins : First Booking: Martin Skrtel:
86 mins : Stoke are enjoying their best spell late on - hopefully it may leave some space for LFC to take advantage of
87 mins : Yet another Liverpool corner...
88 mins : It's late pressure from LFC. The visitors continue to defend bravely though
89 mins : Inspirational play by Gerrard but a wonderful defensive header prevents Torres from nodding home the skipper's cross from the right
90 mins : Three minutes of stoppage time
90 mins : First Booking: Ricardo Fuller:
90 mins : Gerrard curls over. It's not our day
15:52 GMT : Match Over


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