Kenny Dalglish had billed this game as an opportunity for his fringe players at Liverpool to stake a claim for a place in the FA Cup final. On this evidence most of this lot will wearing suits come kick-off at Wembley.
Peter Crouch, no doubt hopeful that Roy Hodgson’s appointment as England manager will revive his prospects of making the cut for Euro 2012, marked the new era by finding the net last night. Unhappily for Stoke, it was an unwitting own goal, but the win that Everton needed to move five points clear of last night’s losers Liverpool in seventh place was transformed into a draw by a fine goal from Cameron Jerome.
Fulham recorded a first win at Anfield in their history as Liverpool’s FA Cup final warm-up felt decidedly flat.