Stoke City managed to hold onto a point at Anfield in a fiery game that lacked quality throughout. Brendan Rodgers’ side can’t seem to find any consistent form this season and they will see it as two points dropped at home.
Liverpool’s home form may be worrying their supporters and they sit in the bottom half of the league table going into a run of games they will hope to get something from, but then again they said that about this game.
Stoke rarely worried the Liverpool defence with Liverpool old boy Peter Crouch unable to make much of an impact and another former Red, Michael Owen, was injured and not involved.
As usual most of Liverpool’s good work came through Luis Suarez but Stoke’s physical approach to the game didn’t suit the Uruguayan and youngsters Suso and Raheem Sterling couldn’t create many clear cut chances.
Martin Skrtel did hit the post late on for the hosts but that’s as close as they came to beating Asmir Begovic in the City goal.
It seems Stoke’s approach to game will have disrupted Liverpool’s free flowing football and despite picking up six bookings, Tony Pulis will be delighted with a draw.
Liverpool’s chances of breaking into the top four or even top six are already looking ambitious and the lack of strength in depth in the squad, mainly going forward, is becoming very clear.
Both teams are still in the bottom half of the table after the draw and both have won just once in their seven Premier League games this season.