Liverpool loses 3-1 at Stoke in Premier League

Liverpool slumped to its sixth loss of the Premier League season

on Wednesday, with a 3-1 collapse at Stoke stalling another attempt

to close in on the Champions League places.

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 its last three games before traveling

to Stoke, but is now in 10th place, eight points behind the last of

the four Champions League places.