Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp thinks Stoke were “a little lucky” as Paul Lambert’s side grabbed a 0-0 draw at Anfield.
Mohamed Salah had the best chance of the match in the first half when he put his finish wide, while the Reds may feel aggrieved not to have had a penalty when the ball struck Erik Pieters on the arm inside the box late on.
“First of all I take a point, it is positive even if we had more possession and all that, but today was a difficult, intense time for us,” Klopp told BBC Sport. ”
“I saw everything I wanted to see except fluency and fun and joy, it is hard on a day like this. Stoke were a little lucky in some situations.
“We had to make changes, that is always a bit of a rhythm breaker, in the final third everything is instinct between the regulars, and we missed a bit of that. But no-one was seriously injured so we carry on.
“The best manager I ever had always said it will be a very important point at the end. That’s how we take it.
“For me it looked a pen, a clear one. I said a few time in games like this, maybe in the Champions League against Manchester City we were lucky, in the Premier League, not one time. We should have got more penalties, we don’t have them.
“But I’m happy how the boys took the game. It was not our best game of course not. And I said a lot of positive things about the crowd, but you cannot only react to what is happening in the game. You have to be on your toes, we can improve that.”