Liverpool failed to build on last week’s 4-0 thumping of Fulham by suffering a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.
Stoke have come under-fire recently for their considered 'anti-football' style of play, especially away from home, but you couldn’t doubt their desire to win, and to score, as they took their chances well against a frustrated Reds side.
Brendan Rodgers' side were erratic and just couldn’t seem to string together a series of passes in the final third, and their recent inability to convert their many efforts on goal was apparent as ever as they struggled to produce many clear chances.
But it was the away side who broke the deadlock after only a minute of play, with Luis Suarez being brought down in the box by Ryan Shawcross to win the club’s first penalty of the season, which was clinically dispatched by Steven Gerrard into the far-left of the net.
But the Potters were quick to reply, Jon Walters pouncing on a loose ball in the box after a slip from Martin Skrtel to coolly side foot the ball past the powerless Pepe Reina in a frenzy of an opening five minutes.
The game seemed to be over after only three minutes of the restart, with Walters scoring his second with some style, taking a long throw on his chest and turning on the spot to volley past Reina.
Stoke rise to eighth with the win, three points clear of Liverpool who are down to 10th, with the Reds surely in need of strengthening their strike force in January.