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Walters double helps Stoke stun Liverpool

Published on Dec 27, 2012 6:28 AM
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard (left) challenges Stoke City's Jonathan Walters during their English Premier League soccer match at The Britannia stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, northern England, Dec 26, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Jonathan Walters scored twice as Stoke beat Liverpool 3-1 in an entertaining affair under the lights at the Britannia Stadium on Wednesday.

Steven Gerrard put Liverpool into an early lead from the spot but Walters replied almost immediately before Kenwyne Jones headed the hosts in front. After the break Walters made it 3-1 with a superb finish and despite some late pressure, Stoke held on for a more-than deserved win.

Luis Suarez was booed when the announcer read out his name as the home faithful did not forget the dive that the Uruguayan pulled off at Anfield in the October meeting between these two.

While Suarez did not get anything for that then, Stoke manager Tony Pulis was livid he was not punished but it was hard to argue against Howard Webb's decision to hand Liverpool a penalty in the second minute of this clash.

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