Premier League

December 26, 2012

Full-time

Stoke City

3 - 1

Liverpool

Premier League

19:45 +00:00, December 26, 2012

Britannia Stadium, England

Rpdgers disappointed with defence

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers felt his side should have done much better with all three goals they conceded and, as a result of their defensive failings, said they did not deserve to get anything out of the game.

He said: "It was a great start for us, when you come away from home it's great to go a goal up, but we just gave away poor goals tonight. I think all three goals were actually quite straightforward to defend.

"Obviously Martin Skrtel slips (for the first), which is unfortunate, but the other two goals we've got to do much better than that. So that was the disappointment really.

"We got into some good areas but ultimately when you come to places like here, which is a difficult place to come, you've got to defend better or else you get nothing, and we probably deserve nothing because of that."

Rodgers also praised Stoke and the work being done by Pulis.

"I've always said they probably don't quite get the credit they deserve. Tony's done a brilliant job here, keeping them in this division and keeping them progressing," he added.

Scoring Summary

Stoke City Liverpool
Jonathan Walters (5')Steven Gerrard (pen 2')
Kenwyne Jones (12') 
Jonathan Walters (49')