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Liverpool stoke trouble

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants his side to show some consistency if they are going to challenge for the top four in the Premier League.

sports Updated: Dec 27, 2012 23:22 IST

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants his side to show some consistency if they are going to challenge for the top four in the Premier League.

The Reds suffered a 3-1 defeat to Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium as Jonathan Walters scored twice either side of Kenwyne Jones' effort to overturn Steven Gerrard's early penalty - awarded for a foul on Luis Suarez - for the visitors.

Stoke's unbeaten run is now extended to nine games - their best ever in the Premier League while Liverpool suffered more inconsistency by failing to build on Saturday's 4-0 win over Fulham.

"Our inconsistency is the biggest thing," Rodgers said.

'Messi the best'

Brasilia: Argentine striker Lionel Messi is the best football player in the world, according to most Brazilian footballers who responded a survey by the portal UOL Esporte.

According to the poll, the striker from Spanish club Barcelona was praised by 90% of 100 players from 15 Brazilians clubs who were consulted, the Prensa Latina news agency reported.

In second place was Portuguese player Cristiano Ronaldo, with only seven percent of the votes.