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That's it, the whistle blows and Liverpool get the first three points of the Premier League season, thanks to Daniel Sturridge's first-half strike and Simon Mignolet's late penalty save from Walters. A cracking game to open up the Premier League season, Liverpool win it 1-0. Thanks for joining us.
PENALTY TO STOKE! Agger handles, spot-kick Stoke.
Kenwyne Jones comes on for Peter Crouch, who gets a good reception from both sets of fans.
Kolo Toure is cautioned for a foul.
Iago Aspas gets a standing ovation as he is replaced by Raheem Sterling.
Etherington off, Jermaine Pennant on. Whelan off, Charlie Adam on. Double substitution just after the hour from Hughes who introduces two Anfield old boys.
Ryan Stewart strokes his crystal ball and as the mist clears he sees this vision: 'I think the game will finish 2-1 to Liverpool and the goals come from Coutinho and Crouch.'
Oliver Clayton identifies a familiar problem for Liverpool: 'Same problem for LFC as always: they are not clinical enough and will be caught later!!! They have to be more ruthless : take their chances and smash the net!!!'
SKY BET PRICEBOOSTS: Liverpool to win 4-0 - 16/1. Draw 1-1 - 16/1. Gerrard next goal - 10/1. Walters next goal - 20/1.
The whistle goes for half-time and Stoke end it well with another corner. Liverpool dominated much of the first period, though, and go into the break with a deserved 1-0 lead thanks to Sturridge. It wasn't all one-way traffic and Huth did hit the bar for the visitors, giving them hope they can hit back in the second half.
Lucas goes in the book for a late challenge. Free-kick to Stoke in a dangerous area. from it, the away side win a corner even though it came off Huth.
GOAL! STURRIDGE! The breakthrough is made as Sturridge blasts a left-foot low effort into the bottom corner. It was coming... 1-0 Liverpool.
Jensen Yip offers his thoughts: 'Henderson or Gerrard on the right wing? Still room for improvement for the former. And I expect Glen Johnson to replicate his performance three years ago. We bought him because of his goals and assists in Portsmouth.' Neither of them permanently, Jensen, though both may drift wide from central positions in the 4-3-3. I thought Henderson improved last year and he'll be wanting to establish himself as a first XI regular this campaign.
Kay Guest emails in to say: 'Hi all, I have seen both teams in pre-season and Liverpool are in for a shock today as they had easy pre-season games. That will back fire as Stoke are ready and strong under Mark Hughes...2-1 Stoke with Crouch and Huth to score.'
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