Stoke 1 Liverpool 0
4th match of the season saw LFC heading to the Britannia Stadium to take on Stoke City. Stoke City is one of the teams that have done very well in the BPL. Gone are the days where there were 4 really strong teams and the rest of the league scrambling for their survival in the Premier League, the leagues is much wider now. There are 6 teams in my view who can challenge for the tittle and there is a good 10 teams who are pushing to break into that top 6. And then there is the relegation battle.
LFC went into this match with pretty much a new team. Many players have left the team and the new signings are now carrying the team forward under the guidance of Kenny Dalglish.
The match ended with Jon Walters’s penalty which he won and scored. But the interesting stat was that Liverpool had 73% possession in the match but was unable to break down the resilient Stoke defense who defended with their lives to hold on to the 20th minute goal.
Make no mistake, Liverpool had a good 70 minutes to find an equalizer leave alone a winning goal but it was just not their day. What was truly good for me was the way the team passed the ball around and the constant attacking to find the goal. Should have done much better and convert the opportunities that were created, a certain Jordan Henderson could have been the star but his attempts were defended by the constant sliding and diving to ensure the Stoke net went un-breached.
Yes its a the first defeats but im optimistic, Liverpool must keep going to be up there in the mix come the new year which will be the indication if Liverpool will be in the mix to challenge for the elusive tittle that we have been waiting for – YNWA
Check out image from the match
Stoke: Begovic, Huth (Wilkinson 64), Shawcross, Upson, Wilson, Pennant, Delap (Palacios 71), Whitehead, Etherington (Jones 68), Walters, Crouch.
Liverpool: Reina, Carragher, Skrtel (Johnson 81), Agger, Jose Enrique, Kuyt (Carroll 67), Adam, Lucas, Henderson (Bellamy 67), Downing, Suarez.