TONY PULIS handed a debut to Stoke City's record signing Peter Crouch . . . but was without his former Tottenham team-mate Jonathan Woodgate for the Barclays Premier League meeting with Liverpool at the Britannia Stadium.
The £10 million striker, who completed a transfer deadline day move to the Potters, was brought in to replace Trinidad and Tobago international Kenwyne Jones and partnered Jon Walters in attack for the meeting with Kenny Dalglish's side.
However, there was mixed news on the injury front, with Marc Wilson and Rory Delap passed fit to play, but Woodgate ruled out.
Wilson and Delap had both recovered from hamstring problems, but Woodgate had failed to recover from a knock in time to take his place.
That meant a Premier League debut for Matthew Upson, while Delap took the place of Glenn Whelan in the centre of midfield.
City's other two deadline day signings, Wilson Palacios and Cameron Jerome, were both named among the substitutes.
Liverpool were still without England midfielder Steven Gerrard, but had their two latest signings, Sebastien Coates and Craig Bellamy on the bench.
City: Begovic; Huth, Shawcross, Upson, Wilson; Pennant, Whitehead, Delap, Etherington; Crouch, Walters. Subs: Sorensen, Whelan, Jones, Wilkinson, Shotton, Jerome, Palacios.
Liverpool: Reina, Carragher, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique; Kuyt, Lucas, Adam, Henderson, Downing; Suarez. Subs: Doni, Johnson, Carroll, Rodriguez, Coates, Spearing, Bellamy.
Referee: M. Clattenburg.