After a good passage of play by the Potters, the ball is worked to Steven Nzonzi who sees his 16-yard effort blocked as it headed towards the far corner.
Cissokho left wing cross finds its way to Sterling but his tame shot from 20 yards is easily gathered but Butland.
Daniel Strurridge comes on for Philippe Coutinho on 67 minutes.
The game is starting to become very stretched as the rain continues to pour down at the Brit.
Liverpool are set to bring on England striker Daniel Sturridge with 65 minutes on the clock.
The corner however comes to nothing.
Good link up play between Crouch and Arnautovic wins City a corner in front of the Boothen End.
Shawcross goes into the referee's notebook after bringing down Suarez just inside the Stoke half.
Henderson fires well over from 20 yards after City fail to clear their lines.
The rain is starting to come down here now.
27,160 is the attendance here at the Britannia Stadium. The highest home crowd of the season.
Aly Cissokho brings down Charlie Adam on the edge-of-the-area and gets booked by the referee.
Steven Gerrard takes the penalty and sends Jack Butland the wrong way and fires into the keeper's bottom right-hand corner.
Liverpool have been awarded a penalty. Wilson has fouled Sterling inside the box.
We're back underway here at the Britannia Stadium.
Shawcross and Cameron in there to meet Adam's corner but Liverpool clear
No he wins a corner by taking on Toure and squaring. Turned behind
Walters again in the wars and he goes down with a knock to the head now! He goes up for a header with Lucas but Gerrard leaps in from nowhere to clatter him. He's back up to continue though
Play is halted though as Walters is down injured. He landed very awkwardly there on his knee after going up for a header with Skrtel
Again Cameron gets forward down the right and wins Stoke a throw in by the corner flag from Coutinho
Adam puts the ball into the box. Cameron is closes to getting on the end of it but in the end it goes all the way through to Mignolet to gather
Stoke free kick after Toure goes up for a header with Crouch and headbutts him accidently
Gerrard slides in on the overlapping Cameron to concede a throw after the right back gets forward and plays a one-two with Walters
Adam drives forward and lifts a cross into the box for Crouch. Skrtel is in front of him though and heads it clear
Free kick for the visitors on the right wing now. Gerrard takes it but its overhit and goes out for a throw on the other side
Sterling had cut inside from the right, looped a cross back to the edge of the area. Cissokho beat Walters to the ball and unleashed a shot. Sadly it cannoned into the net off Shawcross
Liverpool with a huge slice of luck there
Oh and Liverpool take the lead. Cissokho with the strike but a massive deflection off Shawcross wrong foots Butland gives him no chance. 1-0 to the visitors
Adam delivers it into the box but its headed away. He turns his man and wins Stoke a second flag kick. Sadly that one is hit straight out of play
Skrtel forced to concede an early corner here after Walters harries him
Nzonzi and Whelan get the game underway, come on Stoke!!
Butland making his first PL start for the Potters today. Sorensen does return to the bench, but Jones is unavailable. Pennant and Ireland are amongst the subtitutes
Asmir Begovic has joined us up in the commentary box today, and he's now on Stoke City Player alongside Matt Sandoz and Nigel Johnson. Get yourself logged on and listening!
And out come the two teams onto the pitch, to a standing ovation. We're sure excited for this one!
The Potters have yet to lose a Premier League home game against the Merseyside club, but you'd expect that stat to be severely tested this afternoon