Liverpool suffered a Champions League hangover as they failed to find a way past a resolute Stoke defence.
Jurgen Klopp’s side produced a flat performance at home against the relegation-threatened Potters, four days after their thumping 5-2 win against Roma in Europe.
Mo Salah missed a glorious chance in the early stages at Anfield and Danny Ings saw an effort ruled out for offside.
But otherwise Liverpool were restricted to half-chances by Paul Lambert’s visitors, but felt they should have been awarded a penalty in the dying stages when Erik Pieters handled in the box.
The result means Tottenham can draw level wit Liverpool if they can beat Watford at Wembley on Monday.
Here, we rate the players on both sides…
Showed good handling and dealt with what little Stoke could muster.
Slotted in comfortably at right-back as Alexander-Arnold was pushed forward.
Van Dijk 7
Enjoyed a great tussle with Crouch and kept the former Liverpool man quiet.
One or two loose passes, but kept a close eye on Diouf to snuff out his threat.
Stuck close to Stoke dangerman Shaqiri, but needed to show his pace going forward more.
Took time to adjust to his midfield role and scuffed his shot when clear through.
Created a great chance for Salah and ran things in the centre of the park.
Was tidy in possession and helped keep the midfield ticking over for Liverpool.
Missed an early great chance and was hugely disappointing by his lofty standards.
Flitted in and out of the game and was well below his usual high performance levels.
Had an effort rightly disallowed for offside and was busy deputising for Mane.
Subs : Milner (Ings 64mins 6), Clyne (Alexander-Arnold 64mins 6).
Not used: Mignolet, Lovren, Robertson, Solanke, Woodburn.
Saved from Alexander-Arnold and dealt with everything Liverpool threw at him.
Was solid in his unaccustomed right-back role before reverting to centre-half.
Captain’s performance and he headed or tackled everything that came his way.
Martins Indi 6
Put in a shift at centre-half before being forced off injured after half-time.
MOTM. Lucky not to concede a penalty for handball, but did a great job in nullifying Salah.
Well marshalled by Moreno and his set-piece delivery was off.
Fought doggedly in the midfield battle and passed the ball well.
Grafted away to protect Stoke’s back four, but showed going forward.
Started on the left side of midfield before moving to right-back and worked hard.
Booked: Tried to make a nuisance of himself with little real success.
Booked: Was Stoke’s targetman and was well marked by his shadow van Dijk.
Subs : Martins Indi (Ramadan 52mins 6), Fletcher (Crouch 65mins 5).
Not used : Haugaard, Ireland, Adam, Cameron, Campbell.
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