Stoke City proved stubborn opponents for Liverpool in today's 0-0 stalemate at Anfield.

A stalwart defensive display made it five draws in seven matches for Tony Pulis' men, while a point will be scant consolation for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

It could have been worse for Liverpool, who twice almost pushed the self-destruct button, but ultimately this will be viewed as another disappointment in a stop-start season.

TRIBAL ASKS: Is this the end of the Anfield road for Stewart Downing? The England man did not even make the bench today.