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Premier League

  • 7 October 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Anfield, Liverpool
  • Referee: L. Mason
  • • Attendance: 44531

Liverpool - Stoke Preview: Brendan Rodgers' side aim for their first back-to-back league win since December 2011

The resurgent Reds are hoping to continue their rise up the Premier League table while Tony Pulis' side are desperately seeking some away form



Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Wisdom
Sahin, Allen
 Borini, Gerrard, Sterling

Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson
Adam, Whelan, N'Zonzi, Kightly
Walters, Crouch

Brendan Rodgers will reintroduce talismen Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez into the starting line-up after both were on the bench for Thursday's shock 3-2 defeat at home to Udinese.

Raheem Sterling should also start after only featuring as a substitute in the Europa League tie, but the match will come too soon for Jose Enrique (knee) and Martin Kelly (knee).  Lucas Leiva (thigh) is a long-term absentee but Joe Cole is fit again after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Jonjo Shelvey is still banned after picking up a three-match suspension for his red card against Manchester United.

Tony Pulis has a fully fit squad to choose from, aside from the suspended Andy Wilkinson, so is likely to name an unchanged XI from the side that dispatched Swansea last weekend.

That means there is still no place for Michael Owen in the starting line-up with top scorer Peter Crouch, in excellent form.

  • Following last week's hat-trick against Norwich, Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is now joint-second top goalscorer with Steven Fletcher and Robin van Persie on five goals, while Demba Ba leads the way on six.
  • Don't be expecting too many goals on Sunday - there have been just 11 scored in eight Premier League games between the sides
  • Having scored 22 goals in 85 appearances for Liverpool, Peter Crouch (pictured) has only scored once in 10 games played against his former side.
  • Stoke City have never beaten Liverpool in a top-flight match in 49 attempts.
  • Stoke have not won any of their last 12 away games, scoring only six goals in the process.
  • Liverpool will be looking for their first back-to-back league wins since December 2011 after last week's 5-2 victory over Norwich.
  • Brendan Rodgers' side have only won two of their 12 league games at Anfield in 2012, drawing four and losing six.

Players to watch

S. Gerrard

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
So often the talisman of Anfield, Steven Gerrard is delivering a firm riposte this season to those who claim he's on the downside of his career.
The England midfielder has benefitted from the arrivals of Nuri Sahin and Joe Allen, their defensive qualities allowing him to play a vital role further up the field in support of Luis Suarez.
And this freedom has seen him net twice and contribute one assist in six games this season. With his current form, it'd take a brave man to bet against him having some influence on Sunday's result.

P. Crouch

Position: Attacker

Games: 14

  • 3
  • 0
  • 0
The former Liverpool striker, Peter Crouch is something of a Premier League journeyman, but appears to have finally found a home at the Britannia Stadium.
Crouch has enjoyed a fruitful start to the new campaign, leading the club's scoring charts with four strikes in six games so far.
Tony Pulis will be hoping the forward can make a similar impact at Anfield, despite only scoring once in 10 matches against his former team.

Editor's Prediction

Liverpool have endured their worst start to a season in over 100 years. Stoke haven't won an away game in twelve attempts.

Last week's 5-2 win over Norwich suggested Brendan Rodgers' side are experiencing a turnaround in fortunes under his guidance, especially with the Gerrard-Suarez axis working fluidly once more.

Stoke will provide a stiffer test than Norwich though and will look to defend in numbers and break with pace against a Reds side who have looked more than a little vulnerable at the back, particularly in Thursday's 3-2 defeat to Udinese.

On that basis, expect a score draw at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.

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