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Liverpool   2 - 0   Stoke

Luis Suarez celebrates after his goal for Liverpool in the 2-0 win over Stoke
Suarez was signed by Liverpool for 22.7m from Ajax

By Mandeep Sanghera

Luis Suarez scored on his Liverpool debut as the Reds began their post-Fernando Torres era by beating Stoke.

Potters keeper Asmir Begovic's reflex save kept out a Glen Johnson header but Raul Meireles drove in a 47th minute shot to put the home side ahead.

John Carew had a strike which went wide before Suarez rounded Begovic and saw his shot go in despite Andy Wilkinson's attempt at a sliding interception.

Reds keeper Pepe Reina saved from Jon Walters as Liverpool secured victory.

On a day when the giant Torres mural on the outside of the stadium had been removed, inside Anfield Suarez provided enough evidence after his 63rd minute introduction that the Reds faithful might have another hero to appreciate.

Dalglish salutes 'exciting' Suarez

The Uruguayan's goal in front of the Kop 16 minutes after coming off the substitutes bench helped the Reds to a third consecutive league win, while the home side also kept a clean sheet in as many matches.

Ahead of the game, fellow new forward signing Andy Carroll, who is sidelined with a thigh injury, also came on to the pitch to a rapturous ovation as the new arrivals gave a glimpse of the future.

The present team, meanwhile, went about the business of trying to prove their worth without Torres.

Dirk Kuyt took the Spaniard's place in spearheading the attack as manager Kenny Dalglish opted to play a three-man central defence of Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger to combat Stoke's physical aerial danger.

However, it was Liverpool's threat in the air which almost gave them the lead when a glanced Kyrgiakos header from a Steven Gerrard corner was cleared from the goalmouth by ex-Red Salif Diao.

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Tony Pulis's side heeded the warning and showed a degree of comfort as their hosts struggled to break them down before the Merseysiders warmed to their task and exerted some pressure towards the end of the first half.

Liverpool wing-backs Martin Kelly and Johnson combined with the former crossing for the latter to cushion a header which Begovic kept out with an impressive save.

An unmarked Kuyt flicked another header disappointingly wide and, when the hard-working Dutchman was not clinical enough after being found by a nodded Gerrard pass or when turning and shooting from the edge of the box, it was hard not to think of the departed Torres.

That was until 47 minutes when a long range Gerrard strike came off the Stoke wall and, after Potters centre-back Robert Huth tackled Kyrgiakos, the ball fell to Meireles to steer in a shot for his third goal in four games.

Liverpool were the better side - Pulis

Carew, making his full debut for Stoke, sent an effort across goal narrowly wide as the visitors were forced to attack before £22.7m signing Suarez made a goalscoring start to his Anfield career.

A Kuyt flick released Liverpool's new number seven on goal and, although Wilkinson got a boot to the striker's shot, he could only help it into the net off the post.

Reina had to keep out a Walters shot to maintain a clean sheet for the home side as the Reds revival continued ahead of the visit to face Torres and his new club Chelsea on Sunday.

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Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Liverpool 2-0 Stoke FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Meireles 47
  • Suarez 79

    Liverpool

    Substitutes

    Stoke

    Substitutes

    Ref: TaylorAtt: 40,254
    LIVERPOOL
    STOKE

    Possession

    • Liverpool 56%
    • Stoke 44%

    Attempts on target

    • Liverpool 9
    • Stoke 1

    Attempts off target

    • Liverpool 4
    • Stoke 5

    Corners

    • Liverpool 7
    • Stoke 0

    Fouls

    • Liverpool 6
    • Stoke 8
    • Final Result
    • 92:52 The referee ends the match.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+1:56 The ball is crossed by Rory Delap, Martin Kelly manages to make a clearance.
    • 90:00+0:02 Luis Suarez takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
    • 89:38 Centre by Danny Collins, save by Jose Reina.
    • 87:13 Shot by Steven Gerrard from outside the box goes high over the target.
    • 86:55 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jonjo Shelvey, clearance made by Dean Whitehead.
    • 86:38 Jonjo Shelvey takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic.
    • 82:42 Centre by Martin Kelly.
    • 80:33 Danny Collins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Suarez. Steven Gerrard takes the indirect free kick.
    • 80:33 Booking Danny Collins booked.
    • 80:02 Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
    • 78:37 The assist for the goal came from Dirk Kuyt.
    • 78:37 GOAL - Luis SuarezLiverpool 2 - 0 Stoke Luis Suarez scores a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Liverpool 2-0 Stoke.
    • Correction - 77:39 Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Andy Wilkinson gets a block in.
    • 77:39 Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Blocked by Andy Wilkinson.
    • 74:34 Substitution Jonjo Shelvey comes on in place of Raul Meireles.
    • 73:52 Raul Meireles challenges Dean Whitehead unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Danny Collins, Steven Gerrard makes a clearance.
    • 72:19 Outswinging corner taken by Raul Meireles, clearance made by Jonathan Walters.
    • 72:13 The ball is sent over by Martin Kelly, clearance made by Jermaine Pennant.
    • 70:21 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Gerrard by Rory Delap. Free kick crossed by Steven Gerrard.
    • 69:13 Jermaine Pennant produces a cross.
    • 68:35 A cross is delivered by Jermaine Pennant, save made by Jose Reina.
    • 67:48 The ball is sent over by Danny Collins, clearance made by Raul Meireles.
    • 65:50 Substitution Ricardo Fuller replaces Marc Wilson.
    • 64:42 Substitution Danny Collins on for Abdoulaye Faye.
    • 62:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc Wilson on Martin Kelly. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
    • 62:25 Substitution Fabio Aurelio leaves the field to be replaced by Luis Suarez.
    • 60:53 Substitution Rory Delap comes on in place of Salif Diao.
    • 60:36 Effort from the edge of the box by John Carew goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 59:58 A cross is delivered by Dirk Kuyt, clearance by Salif Diao.
    • 57:45 A cross is delivered by Jermaine Pennant, Fabio Aurelio makes a clearance.
    • 56:49 John Carew is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jose Reina takes the free kick.
    • 54:32 Free kick awarded for a foul by Glen Johnson on Andy Wilkinson. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
    • 54:32 Booking Glen Johnson receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 53:22 Raul Meireles challenges Andy Wilkinson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the indirect free kick.
    • 52:19 Steven Gerrard takes the outswinging corner, John Carew manages to make a clearance.
    • 51:43 Martin Kelly fouled by John Carew, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Martin Skrtel.
    • 50:36 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Steven Gerrard.
    • Correction - 49:56 Daniel Agger fouled by John Carew, the ref awards a free kick. Sotirios Kyrgiakos restarts play with the free kick.
    • 49:56 John Carew challenges Daniel Agger unfairly and gives away a .
    • 49:56 Booking John Carew receives a yellow card.
    • 46:40 Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
    • Correction - 46:31 Foul by Salif Diao on Daniel Agger, free kick awarded. Fabio Aurelio restarts play with the free kick. Assist on the goal came from Sotirios Kyrgiakos.
    • Correction - 46:31 GOAL - Raul MeirelesLiverpool 1 - 0 Stoke Raul Meireles gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Liverpool 1-0 Stoke.
    • 46:31 Salif Diao concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Agger. Free kick crossed by Fabio Aurelio, the assist for the goal came from Sotirios Kyrgiakos.
    • 46:31 GOAL - Raul MeirelesLiverpool 1 - 0 Stoke Raul Meireles grabs a goal from inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Liverpool 1-0 Stoke.
    • 45:52 Booking Salif Diao is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:17 The half-time whistle blows.
    • 44:54 The referee blows for offside against Dirk Kuyt. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
    • 43:55 Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save.
    • 41:52 The ball is swung over by Glen Johnson, save by Asmir Begovic.
    • 40:39 Robert Huth gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Kelly. Fabio Aurelio crosses the ball in from the free kick, John Carew manages to make a clearance.
    • 40:39 Booking Robert Huth shown a yellow card.
    • 38:24 Dirk Kuyt produces a right-footed shot from close in that goes over the bar.
    • 36:18 Steven Gerrard crosses the ball, Dirk Kuyt has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
    • 35:33 Martin Kelly sends in a cross, Glen Johnson takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic.
    • 32:57 Effort from outside the penalty box by Salif Diao goes wide right of the goal.
    • 30:18 Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Agger on Jermaine Pennant. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jermaine Pennant from right wing, Steven Gerrard makes a clearance.
    • 28:58 The ball is delivered by Fabio Aurelio, clearance by Marc Wilson.
    • 28:48 A cross is delivered by Steven Gerrard, Jonathan Walters makes a clearance.
    • 27:27 Fabio Aurelio takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Asmir Begovic makes a save.
    • 22:31 Dirk Kuyt delivers the ball, Andy Wilkinson makes a clearance.
    • 21:17 Jermaine Pennant produces a cross, John Carew has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.
    • 19:42 Martin Kelly sends in a cross, clearance by Dean Whitehead.
    • 19:13 Unfair challenge on Dirk Kuyt by Abdoulaye Faye results in a free kick. Martin Skrtel restarts play with the free kick.
    • 18:17 Corner from the left by-line taken by Steven Gerrard, clearance by Marc Wilson.
    • 17:51 The ball is delivered by Glen Johnson, Robert Huth makes a clearance.
    • 16:54 The official flags John Carew offside. Jose Reina takes the indirect free kick.
    • 11:31 Martin Skrtel produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
    • Correction - 10:22 Robert Huth takes a shot from close in clearing the crossbar.
    • 10:22 Robert Huth takes a shot. Blocked by Martin Skrtel.
    • 10:18 Jonathan Walters takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
    • 9:34 Foul by Martin Kelly on Dean Whitehead, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jermaine Pennant from left wing, Sotirios Kyrgiakos makes a clearance.
    • 6:08 The ball is swung over by Steven Gerrard, save by Asmir Begovic.
    • 5:37 Steven Gerrard takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Sotirios Kyrgiakos takes a shot. Clearance made by Salif Diao.
    • 0:52 Foul by Martin Skrtel on John Carew, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jermaine Pennant, clearance by Martin Skrtel.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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    As it stood on 2 Feb 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Man Utd 24 32 54
    2 Arsenal 24 27 49
    3 Man City 25 17 46
    4 Chelsea 24 25 44
    5 Tottenham 24 7 41
    6 Sunderland 25 2 37
    7 Liverpool 25 2 35
    8 Bolton 25 0 33
    9 Blackburn 25 -7 31
    10 Newcastle 24 2 30
    11 Stoke 24 -2 30
    12 Fulham 25 0 29
    13 Blackpool 24 -9 28
    14 Aston Villa 25 -15 28
    15 Everton 24 -3 27
    16 West Brom 24 -14 26
    17 Birmingham 23 -10 24
    18 West Ham 25 -17 24
    19 Wigan 25 -19 23
    20 Wolves 24 -18 21

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