Liverpool held to scoreless draw by Ramadan Sobhi’s Stoke City
The first real chance of the game came in the sixth minute, when Jordan Henderson’s through ball set Mohamed Salah through on goal but the Premier League’s top scorer chipped the ball wide.
The Reds were so close to score again in the 20th minute, when Salah’s pass to Trent Alexander-Arnold set the Englishman through on goal but the 19-year-old’s scuffed finish was dealt with easily by Jack Butland.
The visitors responded a minute later, when Stoke’s Moritz Bauer skipped past Joe Gomez and made a darting run forward towards the left-hand side. His cross was met by Mame Biram Diouf at the back post but his header was easily saved by Loris Karius.
With three minutes to half-time, Danny Ings provided a delightful lay-off to Georgino Wijnaldum, whose shot was saved by Butland but Danny Ings was there to score the rebound from a very tight angle. The goal was disallowed by the referee for offside.
Only minutes after Ramadan Sobhi came on, he skipped past Joe Gomez on the left-hand side, but his shot was weak and was easily saved by Karius at the near post in the 55th minute.
In the 76th minute, Alberto Moreno’s driven cross towards the far post almost found Mohamed Salah, but the 25-year-old couldn’t reach the ball as it was cleared away by Stoke’s Kurt Zouma.
Only two minutes before stoppage time, Liverpool were appealing for a handball and a penalty. Mohamed Salah’s pass fed Gerogino Wijnaldum on the right and the Dutchman’s cross was blocked by Erik Pieters’ hand but the referee let the play go on.
Just a minute later, Stoke City were going to steal the win at Anfield when Mame Biram Diouf was set through on goal and chipped Loris Karius successfully but the ball was going wide and Ryan Shawcross couldn’t poke the ball in at the far post.
With this draw, Liverpool are now in danger of losing their third place in the Premier League table as Tottenham Hotspurs are just four points behind them and the North London club have two games in hand.
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