On paper, Saturday's game looked a mis-match, pitting the only team unbeaten at home in England's top four divisions against the side with the worst away record. But a Liverpool side with five changes from their starting XI at home to AS Roma in the Champions League semi-final, first leg win lacked their usual intensity and even Mo Salah fluffed a chance almost identical to one he had buried in midweek.
A rare blank for Liverpool as they are held to a goalless draw by Stoke at Anfield. The Reds stay third in the Premier League.— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) April 28, 2018
Will they score against Roma on Wednesday? pic.twitter.com/t9PsZDRW0l
Trent Alexander-Arnold, who was later substituted after complaining of an injury, also scuffed a shot on the six-yard line while Danny Ings had a goal disallowed for offside. A dramatic finish saw Liverpool denied a penalty when Erik Pieters handled, while Ryan Shawcross almost snatched what would have been a first league win at Anfield for Stoke, who are now three points below the safety zone with two games left.
FT: Liverpool 0-0 Stoke ?April 28, 2018
Absolute sh*tshow, but not awarding this as a penalty is a disgrace ? pic.twitter.com/9FPnC8BhBQ
Full Time: Liverpool 0-0 Stoke.— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) April 28, 2018
No way through for the hosts on a frustrating afternoon for Jurgen Klopp's side. Is a point enough to keep Stoke's survival hopes alive?
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