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Summary

  1. Liverpool start third in the table
  2. Liverpool start teenagers Woodburn & Alexander-Arnold
  3. Coutinho & Firmino on Reds bench
  4. Stoke start 12th in the table

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By Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

Stoke 1-2 Liverpool

Liverpool have the points and are staying third in the table thanks to their Brazilian super-subs.

Many thanks or your company. You can read a report of this game on ther BBC Sport website.

Until next time.

Liverpool celebrate
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Stoke 1-2 Liverpool

Long punt into the Liverpool area. Simon Mignolet can't catch it but it's a free-kick to the Reds. Time running out for Stoke.

Stoke 1-2 Liverpool

Substitutes Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino have made all the difference. But why didn't they start?

Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho
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Stoke 1-2 Liverpool

Four minutes of additional time. Stoke don't look like scoring. Liverpool are about to move nine points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal.

Stoke 1-2 Liverpool

Stoke have lost their way. They need something special or they are facing a fourth successive league defeat.

Stoke 1-2 Liverpool

Nervous moments for Liverpool. It was around this time in the game that Bournemouth equalised against the Reds on Wednesday.

SUBSTITUTION

Stoke 1-2 Liverpool

Ten minutes remaining. Liverpool are in control after a dramatic turnaround.

Stoke substitute Charlie Adam is being subbed off against his former club - Ramadan Sobhi is on to add some much-needed firepower.

Charlie Adam
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GREAT SAVE!

Stoke 1-2 Liverpool

This game has exploded. 

Stoke roar back and Saido Berahino looks certain to equalise with his first Stoke goal after Marko Arnautovic's low cross into the six-yard area but Simon Mignolet stands tall to somehow keep it out.

What a match.

Simon Mignolet
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All change

Stoke 1-2 Liverpool

What a goal. Brilliant technique by Roberto Firmino as he smashes the bouncing ball beyond Lee Grant from the edge of the box after Georginio Wijnaldum's long ball forward.

This game has turned upside down.

Roberto Firmino
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GOAL - Stoke 1-2 Liverpool

Roberto Firmino

Roberto Firmino
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Coutinho to the rescue

Stoke 1-1 Liverpool

Liverpool have been knocking on the Stoke door for some time and they finally get their reward as Philippe Coutinho drills home through a sea of legs after a long ball forward that Stoke's defence failed to deal with.

Philippe Coutinho
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GOAL - Stoke 1-1 Liverpool

Philippe Coutinho

Super-sub Coutinho.

SUBSTITUTION

Stoke 1-0 Liverpool

Changes for both teams.

Goalscorer Jon Walters is replaced by Glenn Whelan, while Daniel Sturridge is on for Liverpool who desperately need a goal.

Stoke 1-0 Liverpool

Lecture for Ragnar Klavan, who is already on a booking, for shoving Xherdan Shaqiri to the ground. Stoke fans want to see a red card. Mike Dean just wants a word in the ear of the Liverpool defender.

HITS THE WOODWORK

Stoke 1-0 Liverpool

A thundering header by Dejan Lovren rattles the Stoke bar. There's only one team that looks like scoring now. Those half-time changes have made all the difference - but can Liverpool find the net?

GREAT SAVE!

Stoke 1-0 Liverpool

Liverpool have finally woken up.

Lee Grant gets down to make a full-stretch save to frustrate Philippe Coutinho's first-time shot from the edge of the penalty area after Nathaniel Clyne's fine pass.

Stoke 1-0 Liverpool

It's taken almost an hour but Liverpool have their first effort on target. Lee Grant beats the ball away with his hand to keep out Roberto Firmino's effort. That's more like it from the Reds.

Roberto Firmino
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Stoke 1-0 Liverpool

Divock Origi with a rare shot that fizzes just wide of the Stoke post. Will Charlie Adam's miss come back to haunt the Potters?

Divock Origi
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CLOSE!

Stoke 1-0 Liverpool

How did that not go in? An astonishing miss by Stoke after a horrific mess in Liverpool's penalty area. 

A Stoke corner is headed out towards Georginio Wijnaldum who, instead of hacking it further clear, heads it back into the box. Charlie Adam and Saido Berahino both have eyes on the ball before the former is denied by Simon Mignolet. Adam should have scored.

Charlie Adam
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YELLOW CARD

Stoke 1-0 Liverpool

When you get a shove from Ragnar Klavan you know all about it. Xherdan Shaqiri is on the end of the Liverpool defender's push and it results in the first yellow card of the game. Klavan gives referee Mike Dean a death stare.

Stoke 1-0 Liverpool

Liverpool failed to register a single shot on target in the first 45 minutes. Things can only get better for Jurgen Klopp.

SUBSTITUTION

Stoke 1-0 Liverpool

Two changes for Liverpool as the second-half gets under way. The Reds need goals and both teenagers Ben Woodburn and Trent Alexander-Arnold are replaced by Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino.

Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino
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Stoke 1-0 Liverpool

Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino are spending half-time warming up. A double change for Liverpool at the start of the second half?

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Seventh heaven for Walters

Stoke 1-0 Liverpool

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HALF-TIME

Stoke 1-0 Liverpool

Liverpool are behind - again - to a team that started the day in the bottom half of the table.

Stoke 1-0 Liverpool

Liverpool can have few complaints. Mike Dean might have dismissed their penalty appeals but why was Walters unmarked when he scored? 

Mike Dean
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Walters heads Stoke ahead

Stoke 1-0 Liverpool

Shocking marking by Liverpool as Jon Walters is allowed to bury a close range header after Xherdan Shaqiri's pin-point cross.

Moments earlier Ben Woodburn had gone down inside the Stoke area under an Eric Pieters challenge. Jurgen Klopp was angry a penalty was not given.

The Liverpool boss will be furious with his side's marking for that goal.

Jon Walters
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GOAL - Stoke 1-0 Liverpool

Jon Walters

Unmarked. Close-range header.

Jon Walters
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Stoke 0-0 Liverpool

We're a few minutes from the end of the first half and the Reds are yet to register a shot on target. It's been that good!

Stoke 0-0 Liverpool

News from Manchester City, where the hosts have taken the lead against Hull City. What does that mean? Fourth-placed City are level on points with Liverpool, but the Reds have a superior goal difference.

Stoke 0-0 Liverpool

Liverpool desperately require some zip, energy and creativity. Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge continue to look on from the substitutes' bench.

Daniel Sturridge
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Stoke 0-0 Liverpool

You would never guess Liverpool are fighting to secure a top-four finish. This has the feeling of an end of season game. Lacklustre and a game lacking in chances.

CLOSE!

Stoke 0-0 Liverpool

What a let-off for Liverpool. Dejan Lovren fails to deal with a long punt and Marko Arnautovic has clear sight of goal but puts it into the side netting.

That's the best chance of the game - by a mile.

Marko Arnautovic
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Stoke 0-0 Liverpool

Woodburn is continuing...for now. 

Stoke 0-0 Liverpool

Ben Woodburn, who is growing into the game, is down receiving treatment when Ryan Shawcross marches over and grabs a drink from the Liverpool physio's bag. Cheeky by the Stoke defender.

SUBSTITUTION

Stoke 0-0 Liverpool

That's the end of Joe Allen's afternoon. The Stoke midfielder has damaged a hamstring and cannot continue. As one former Liverpool player departs, another appears. Charlie Adam is his replacement.

Joe Allen
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Stoke 0-0 Liverpool

Tigerish from Ben Woodburn as he spins past one player and then another before running into a Stoke brick wall before he can reach the penalty area. Promising from the teenager.

Stoke 0-0 Liverpool

Stoke are winless in 10 league games against teams currently in the top six. There's lots of huff and puff from Mark Hughes' side but there's no end product.

Mark Hughes
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Stoke 0-0 Liverpool

Scrappy, scrappy, scrappy. No shots on target as we approach the halfway stage of the first half.