It wasn’t Liverpool’s day when they hosted relegation-threatened Stoke City at Anfield for the early kick-off. Still nursing a midweek hangover, and with a much-changed side to the one who crushed Roma on Tuesday, Liverpool could only manage a 0-0 draw in their fight for top four.
Captain Jordan Henderson, who suffered a twisted ankle in the first half but was able to continue playing, was disappointed afterwards, saying, “We just couldn’t get it over the line. In the second half I thought we dominated it really well and overall we’ve got to come away with the three points. We’re disappointed we haven’t scored.
“I thought the lads were brilliant again and just couldn’t get over the line. We felt good going into the game. You’ve got to give credit to Stoke – they defended really well. We knew they would, they’re fighting to stay in the Premier League so they’re chucking bodies everywhere and trying to block things. But we created enough open chances to score and we should have been given a penalty towards the end with the handball. When you don’t get decisions like that it’s just not your day.”
Liverpool had hoped that their top four aspirations would be sewn up by the time they faced Chelsea, but these two consecutive draws have put a damper on that. Now they’ll need to get a result next weekend in order to secure their position.