Liverpool 0-0 Stoke City – Kenny Dalglish’s Side Frustrated at Home Once Again

By Justin Fitzgerald

Stoke City traveled to Anfield this weekend and secured a point in what amounted to 90 minutes of truly uninspiring football. Another pedestrian effort from the Reds saw them register their 7th league draw at home this season. Seven. At home.

While watching the Potters play football may be about as exciting as watching paint dry, they came to the Merseyside with the sole purpose of registering a point and it was mission accomplished. Liverpool may have dominated possession – 69% of it to be exact – yet failed to really threaten a resolute and sturdy Stoke defense.

As far as a match analysis, there really wasn’t a lot of action to break down. A couple Hollywood passes from Adam actually found Enrique on the outside in spectacular fashion but failed to materialize into legitimate scoring opportunities. Stewart Downing, Steven Gerrard, and Jordan Henderson all tried their luck from distance but to no avail. Andy Carroll was brought on with about thirty minutes to go, only to have his first contribution be to inadvertently block the shot of Jordan Henderson. Liverpool will also feel hard done by back to back clear-cut penalty claims ignored by an uninterested Howard Webb, much to the chagrin of an angry and vociferous Kop. But at the end of the day it was Dirk Kuyt who had a golden opportunity to win the game, only to see his header glance wide.

Clearly going all in to win in the Carling Cup earlier in the week forced a host of changes from the side that faced City, yet this game was basically Liverpool’s season thus far in a nutshell. Lack of creativity, not taking advantage of the few chances created, and lack of attacking options up front. The surplus of midfielders and shortage of striking options will certainly need to be addressed in the January transfer window. It might be time it cash in on Dirk Kuyt. With reported interest from Galatasaray and 18 months left on his contract Liverpool may look to add some much needed guile up front in the wake of the indefatigable Dutchman. With three more games to go on Suarez’s ban, Carroll misfiring upfront, and Bellamy’s knees restricting him consecutive appearances, look for Liverpool to bolster the ranks in the January transfer window and try to make a push up from seventh place before it’s too late.

Full time: Liverpool 0 – 0 Stoke

Liverpool

  • 25 Reina
  • 23 Jamie Carragher
  • 16 Sebastian Coates
  • 37 Martin Skrtel
  • 26 Charlie Adam
  • 08 Gerrard
  • 03 Jose Enrique
  • 02 Glen Johnson
  • 18 Dirk Kuyt
  • 19 Stewart Downing
  • 14 Jordan Henderson

Substitutes

  • 39 Craig Bellamy
  • 06 Fabio Aurelio
  • 38 John Flanagan
  • 32 Doni
  • 09 Andrew Carroll
  • 33 Shelvey,
  • 34 Martin Kelly

Stoke City

  • 29 Thomas Sorensen
  • 04 Robert Huth
  • 17 Ryan Shawcross
  • 12 Marc Wilson
  • 39 Jonathan Woodgate
  • 24 Rory Delap
  • 06 Glen Whelan
  • 40 Wilson Palacios
  • 26 Matthew Etherington
  • 19 Jonathan Walters
  • 25 Peter Crouch

Substitutes

  • 10 Ricardo Fuller,
  • 18 Dean Whitehead,
  • 16 Jermain Pennant,
  • 28 Andy Wilkinson,
  • 09 Kenwyne Jones,
  • 33 Cameron Jerome,
  • 01 Asmir Begovich

Referee: Howard Webb

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