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Liverpool   4 - 0   Stoke

Glen Johnson and Fernando Torres
Goals from Johnson and Torres sent the Reds on the way to victory

By Saj Chowdhury

Liverpool made amends for their opening day Premier League defeat at Tottenham with an emphatic victory against Stoke.

Fernando Torres gave the Reds the early lead when he stroked in Steven Gerrard's cross from 10 yards.

Glen Johnson then scored his first goal for the club with an acrobatic finish just before the interval.

Gerrard produced a wonderful piece of magic on the right to find Dirk Kuyt who poked in for 3-0 before substitute David Ngog nodded in in injury time.

In the end the scoreline was just about right, although there were periods after the opening goal when Liverpool looked like a team sorely missing the creative presence of Xabi Alonso.

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With midfield replacement Alberto Aquilani still a few weeks away from making his debut, last season's regular substitute Lucas Leiva has been promoted to the first team.

The Brazilian was one of the better players on show in the defeat at Tottenham but against Stoke's five-man containing midfield he found it difficult to find the time to provide the sort of killer passes Alonso was renowned for.

Liverpool can improve further - Benitez

This would have caused greater consternation among the Anfield faithful had their team not taken an early lead.

Gerrard, who gave another powerhouse display, pulled a low ball back from the right which found Torres arriving to timetable - the Spaniard sidefooted his effort past keeper Thomas Sorensen.

Emiliano Insua should have made it 2-0 when Torres' cross eluded the head of Kuyt and found the full-back who positioned himself well at the far post but failed to get a good connection on the ball.

A lull in play followed largely because Stoke began to read Liverpool's attacking tactics all too easily, and it seemed that Tony Pulis' side would go into the break with the moral half-time victory.

But the visitors should have realised that the Reds under manager Rafa Benitez are anything but predictable.

With seconds remaining, Liverpool won a corner on the right which Gerrard delivered on to the head of Dirk Kuyt. The Dutchman's header was parried by Sorensen but only to Johnson who improvised instinctively.

Pulis rues early goal after Anfield defeat

Liverpool found more space after the break as Stoke realised the containing game would not win them any points.

The visitors' change in intentions led to their first shot on goal when Rory Delap forced a smart save from the largely-redundant Pepe Reina.

But from that point onwards it was all Reds traffic.

A run into the area from Johnson ended with Sorensen having to save low from the attack-minded wing-back.

Kuyt had a better chance to add to the tally when he got his feet in a mess after Sorensen palmed Gerrard's drive to the forward.

But Kuyt is known for his persistence in the final third and that paid dividends when Gerrard magical turn on the far right finished with the ball arriving at the feet of the Dutch chancer who tapped in.

And with almost the last touch of the game, substitute Ngog made the most of Sorensen's inability to deal with a deflected cross to head in under the bar.


Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez:
"We needed to win and we needed to score goals.

"We have plenty of room for improvement though. Some players are still short of full fitness.

"We are working hard to bring in new good signings. We have enough money for now."

Stoke manager Tony Pulis:
"I hold my hands up, we were beaten by a better team and better players.

"Liverpool created more chances against us here last season, but just did not take them.

"Today they were excellent. They do not only have Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard, who are world class. They have great players through their team."


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Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Liverpool 4-0 Stoke FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Torres 4
  • G Johnson 45
  • Kuyt 78
  • Ngog 90+4

    Liverpool

    Substitutes

    Stoke

    Substitutes

    Ref: WaltonAtt: 44,318
    LIVERPOOL
    STOKE

    Possession

    • Liverpool 53%
    • Stoke 47%

    Attempts on target

    • Liverpool 13
    • Stoke 3

    Attempts off target

    • Liverpool 5
    • Stoke 3

    Corners

    • Liverpool 11
    • Stoke 5

    Fouls

    • Liverpool 10
    • Stoke 9
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:47 The referee blows for the end of the match.
    • 90:00+3:03 Assist on the goal came from Glen Johnson.
    • 90:00+3:03 GOAL - David NgogLiverpool 4 - 0 Stoke David Ngog scores a headed goal from close range. Liverpool 4-0 Stoke.
    • 90:00+2:57 Glen Johnson delivers the ball,
    • 90:00+0:30 The referee penalises Javier Mascherano for handball. Free kick crossed right-footed by Glenn Whelan from left wing, Leiva Lucas manages to make a clearance.
    • 87:49 Foul by David Ngog on Ryan Shawcross, free kick awarded. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 86:39 Andriy Voronin takes a shot. Thomas Sorensen makes a comfortable save.
    • 85:16 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Leiva Lucas from the right by-line to the near post, Danny Pugh makes a clearance.
    • 83:45 Substitution David Ngog replaces Fernando Torres.
    • 82:22 Glen Johnson sends in a cross, save made by Thomas Sorensen.
    • 80:48 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Leiva Lucas played to the near post, Abdoulaye Faye manages to make a clearance.
    • 80:48 Substitution Albert Riera is brought on as a substitute for Dirk Kuyt.
    • 80:48 Substitution Andriy Voronin joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steven Gerrard.
    • 77:38 Steven Gerrard provided the assist for the goal.
    • 77:38 GOAL - Dirk KuytLiverpool 3 - 0 Stoke Dirk Kuyt finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Liverpool 3-0 Stoke.
    • 76:39 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Glen Johnson by Danny Higginbotham. Free kick taken by Glen Johnson.
    • 75:05 Leiva Lucas takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Abdoulaye Faye makes a clearance.
    • 70:13 The ball is delivered by Emiliano Insua.
    • 69:36 Danny Higginbotham gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fernando Torres. Glen Johnson takes the free kick.
    • 68:29 Substitution Dean Whitehead leaves the field to be replaced by Danny Pugh.
    • 68:29 Yossi Benayoun takes a shot from long range which goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 67:46 The assistant referee flags for offside against Ricardo Fuller. Emiliano Insua restarts play with the free kick.
    • 65:28 Corner taken by Steven Gerrard played to the near post, Dean Whitehead makes a clearance.
    • 65:08 Centre by Dirk Kuyt, Ryan Shawcross manages to make a clearance.
    • 64:32 The ball is crossed by Fernando Torres, blocked by Danny Higginbotham. Corner taken by Yossi Benayoun from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Andy Wilkinson.
    • 62:13 The ball is swung over by Dirk Kuyt, Ryan Shawcross manages to make a clearance.
    • 60:56 Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.
    • 60:56 Substitution Liam Lawrence replaces Richard Cresswell.
    • 60:56 Substitution Ricardo Fuller on for James Beattie.
    • 60:56 Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Etherington on Javier Mascherano.
    • 59:47 Glen Johnson takes a shot. Save made by Thomas Sorensen. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Leiva Lucas, Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Thomas Sorensen makes a save.
    • 58:42 Fernando Torres takes a shot. Save by Thomas Sorensen.
    • 58:20 James Beattie takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
    • 57:05 James Beattie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leiva Lucas. Free kick taken by Yossi Benayoun.
    • 56:55 The ball is swung over by Dirk Kuyt.
    • 54:20 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line, clearance made by Richard Cresswell.
    • 53:06 Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Thomas Sorensen makes a save. Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Save made by Thomas Sorensen.
    • Correction - 50:09 Corner from the left by-line taken by Glenn Whelan, Headed effort on goal by Abdoulaye Faye from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
    • 50:09 Inswinging corner taken by Glenn Whelan, Headed effort on goal by Abdoulaye Faye from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
    • 50:02 James Beattie delivers the ball, clearance by Glen Johnson.
    • 49:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Javier Mascherano on Glenn Whelan. Abdoulaye Faye takes the direct free kick.
    • 46:09 Corner taken right-footed by Glenn Whelan from the left by-line, Dirk Kuyt makes a clearance. Corner from the right by-line taken by Matthew Etherington, Daniel Ayala manages to make a clearance. Matthew Etherington takes the inswinging corner, Rory Delap takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina. Matthew Etherington fouled by Emiliano Insua, the ref awards a free kick. Glenn Whelan crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, save made by Jose Reina.
    • 45:01 The second half has started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:39 The referee blows for half time.
    • 45:00+2:04 Free kick awarded for a foul by Glen Johnson on Richard Cresswell. Thomas Sorensen takes the direct free kick.
    • 45:00+1:17 A cross is delivered by Steven Gerrard, clearance by Andy Wilkinson. Leiva Lucas takes a short corner. A cross is delivered by Yossi Benayoun, clearance by Glenn Whelan.
    • 45:00+1:02 The ball is crossed by Dirk Kuyt, clearance made by Abdoulaye Faye.
    • Correction - 44:47 Dirk Kuyt provided the assist for the goal. Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Thomas Sorensen makes a save.
    • Correction - 44:47 GOAL - Glen JohnsonLiverpool 2 - 0 Stoke Glen Johnson gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Liverpool 2-0 Stoke.
    • 44:47 Dirk Kuyt provided the assist for the goal.
    • 44:47 GOAL - Glen JohnsonLiverpool 2 - 0 Stoke Glen Johnson gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Liverpool 2-0 Stoke.
    • Correction - 43:55 Fernando Torres takes a shot. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line, Richard Cresswell makes a clearance. Steven Gerrard takes a outswinging corner.
    • 43:55 Fernando Torres takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Shawcross. Corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line, clearance made by Richard Cresswell. Outswinging corner taken by Steven Gerrard.
    • 43:00 Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Thomas Sorensen makes a save.
    • 40:11 Richard Cresswell challenges Glen Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Gerrard delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right by-line.
    • 39:22 Steven Gerrard crosses the ball, clearance made by Richard Cresswell.
    • 38:46 Corner taken by Steven Gerrard played to the near post, Richard Cresswell manages to make a clearance.
    • 36:37 Fernando Torres takes a shot. Thomas Sorensen makes a save.
    • 36:20 Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Cresswell on Dirk Kuyt. Steven Gerrard takes the free kick.
    • 34:13 Javier Mascherano concedes a free kick for a foul on Matthew Etherington. Free kick taken by Glenn Whelan.
    • 33:10 Ryan Shawcross is caught offside. Jose Reina takes the indirect free kick.
    • 32:39 Free kick awarded for a foul by Yossi Benayoun on Matthew Etherington. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Matthew Etherington from right wing, clearance by Emiliano Insua.
    • 31:20 Leiva Lucas challenges Abdoulaye Faye unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is sent over by Glenn Whelan, James Beattie takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
    • 29:46 Steven Gerrard produces a cross, Abdoulaye Faye makes a clearance. Effort from the edge of the area by Glen Johnson goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 29:04 Headed effort from deep inside the area by James Beattie misses to the left of the goal.
    • 25:45 The ball is sent over by Emiliano Insua, Thomas Sorensen makes a save.
    • 25:14 Richard Cresswell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Glen Johnson. Jamie Carragher takes the free kick.
    • 22:10 A cross is delivered by Danny Higginbotham, clearance made by Emiliano Insua.
    • 20:35 Emiliano Insua produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 19:48 Foul by Javier Mascherano on Dean Whitehead, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Glenn Whelan.
    • 18:41 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jose Reina.
    • 17:52 Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Ayala on James Beattie. Free kick crossed left-footed by Matthew Etherington, save by Jose Reina.
    • 17:05 A cross is delivered by Glen Johnson, Thomas Sorensen makes a save.
    • 11:24 The free kick is delivered right-footed by Steven Gerrard from left channel, clearance made by Glenn Whelan.
    • 11:24 Booking The referee shows Dean Whitehead a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 11:12 Dean Whitehead gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Javier Mascherano.
    • 9:35 Free kick awarded for a foul by Rory Delap on Fernando Torres. Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Gerrard from right channel.
    • 8:16 Glenn Whelan takes a shot. Jamie Carragher gets a block in. Corner taken by Matthew Etherington, Jamie Carragher makes a clearance.
    • 7:56 Fernando Torres gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Shawcross. Free kick taken by Abdoulaye Faye.
    • 6:06 The ball is crossed by Dirk Kuyt, clearance by Matthew Etherington.
    • 4:00 Assist on the goal came from Steven Gerrard.
    • 4:00 GOAL - Fernando TorresLiverpool 1 - 0 Stoke Fernando Torres finds the back of the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Liverpool 1-0 Stoke.
    • 2:25 Leiva Lucas takes a shot. Thomas Sorensen makes a save.
    • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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    As it stood on 19 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Tottenham 2 5 6
    2 Chelsea 2 3 6
    3 Arsenal 1 5 3
    4 Liverpool 2 3 3
    5 Man City 1 2 3
    6 West Ham 1 2 3
    7 Wigan 2 1 3
    8 Fulham 1 1 3
    9 Birmingham 2 0 3
    10 Man Utd 2 0 3
    11 Sunderland 2 -1 3
    12 Burnley 2 -1 3
    13 Wolverhampton 2 -1 3
    14 Stoke 2 -2 3
    15 Bolton 1 -1 0
    16 Aston Villa 1 -2 0
    17 Blackburn 1 -2 0
    18 Portsmouth 2 -2 0
    19 Hull 2 -5 0
    20 Everton 1 -5 0

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