3 Things that went wrong for Liverpool against Stoke City
Gutsy and spirited Stoke frustrate Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp's men are held to a stalemate.
Liverpool and Stoke City played a 0-0 draw at Anfield in the Premier League. The home team had an ideal chance to go in front in the opening 10 minutes but Mohamed Salah couldn't capitalise on it.
Danny Ings did put the ball in the back of the net but his goal was ruled out as he was marginally offside.
Paul Lambert had organised his Stoke team brilliantly in defence to counter the Liverpool attack and it worked perfectly as it proved to be the cause of frustration for the home team.
Jurgen Klopp and his side can only blame themselves as they missed an ideal opportunity to go level with Manchester United but instead remain in third place, two points behind the Red Devils.
As for Stoke City, the deserved point helps them move up to 18th in the table, on 30 points with the next two fixtures looking very winnable in their chase for survival.
Here's what went right/wrong for Liverpool:
#3 Complacency costs Liverpool
The one phrase to sum up Liverpool's performance against Stoke City will be a lack of intensity in the first half.
Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold had great chances to put the Reds in front but failed to comply with it.
However, the home team had only shot on target in the first 45 minutes and following this, Klopp's men seemed to have taken their foot off the gas.
This, in turn, allowed Stoke to get into the game letting them go forward and creating chances of their own.
The one primary feature of Liverpool this season has been their ability to blow away their opponents when they score in the opening 20 minutes.
But when this fails to happen, the opposition tends to get in the game and the Merseysiders fail to clinch the victory, as it so as happened previously this campaign against the likes of Manchester United, West Brom, and Porto.
Liverpool finally showed some urgency but it was after 60 minutes when Stoke decided to sit back and let the home team have the entire attacking share.
They ended up having 20 attempts at goal but only five of them were on target with the majority of them being nothing more than half-chances.