Liverpool slump to determined Stoke

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Updated: December 27, 2012

Liverpool were outplayed by a determined Stoke team on Boxing Day Premiership action going down 3-1 to the home team, a 6th loss of their Premiership campaign to date. A recent climb up the table suggested they were slowly getting themselves into a Champions League position, however on this form it appears they are far off the quality that belongs in Europe’s elite.

Liverpool won a penalty after just 30 seconds when Luis Suarez was fouled by Ryan Shawcross, and Steven Gerrard converted from the spot.

But Stoke responded in the fifth minute when Jonathan Walters scored the first of two goals either side of Kenwyne Jones’ header for the hosts.

Stoke rose above Liverpool into eighth place at the season’s halfway point.

Liverpool had won two of their last three games before traveling to Stoke, but are now in 10th place, eight points behind the last of the four