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  • 26 October 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
  • Referee: L. Probert
  • • Attendance: 24934
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Stoke City - Liverpool Preview: Kenny Dalglish's side out to avenge Premier League defeat at Britannia Stadium in cup clash

Stoke City - Liverpool Preview: Kenny Dalglish's side out to avenge Premier League defeat at Britannia Stadium in cup clash

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A quarter-final place awaits the victors but the visitors know they can take nothing for granted in the Potteries, where they were beaten last month in a controversial game


PROBABLE LINEUPS

STOKE CITY

Sorensen
Shotton, Huth, Shawcross, Wilkinson
Whitehead, Diao, Palacios, Etherington
Jones, Jerome
LIVERPOOL

Reina
Kelly, Carragher, Coates, Agger
Maxi, Lucas, Spearing, Bellamy
Kuyt
Carroll

Already just a few games away from cup glory, Stoke City host Liverpool in an all Premier League cup clash. Having won this equivalent fixture just over a month ago, the Potters will be optimistic that their direct approach will once again give them the advantage over the Reds who have won this trophy a record seven times.

Stoke winger Jermaine Pennant failed to overcome a hamstring problem in time for the weekend trip to Arsenal and is probably not going to be risked. Defender Danny Higginbotham is out, as is striker Ricardo Fuller.

Liverpool will be without reserve goalkeeper Doni, so will be forced to once again go with first choice Pepe Reina. Young full-back Jack Robinson is 50-50 to make it.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Liverpool are the most successful side in League Cup history with seven wins.
  • They have also reached the final more times than any other side (10 times).
  • Stoke have won the League Cup only once, in 1971/72.
  • Stoke have never beaten Liverpool in 10 cup games (losing seven and drawing three).
  • Their last meeting in a cup game was also at Stoke, with Liverpool running out 8-0 winners in 2000.
  • In four home games against the Reds since their promotion to the Premier League, Stoke are undefeated (two wins, two draws).
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Available Squads
29Thomas SørensenGoalkeeper
4Robert HuthDefender
12Marc WilsonDefender
30Ryan ShottonDefender
8Jonathan WoodgateDefender
17Ryan ShawcrossDefender
6Glenn WhelanMidfielder
24Rory DelapMidfielder
26Matthew EtheringtonMidfielder
9Kenwyne JonesStriker
19Jonathan WaltersStriker
20Carlo NashGoalkeeper
20Matthew UpsonDefender
15Salif DiaoDefender
7Jermaine PennantMidfielder
8W. PalaciosMidfielder
25Peter CrouchStriker
30Cameron JeromeStriker
25Pepe ReinaGoalkeeper
19Sebastián CoatesDefender
23Jamie CarragherDefender
34Martin KellyDefender
5Daniel AggerDefender
11Maxi RodríguezMidfielder
20Jay SpearingMidfielder
21Lucas LeivaMidfielder
14Jordan HendersonMidfielder
7Luis SuárezStriker
9Andy CarrollStriker
32DoniGoalkeeper
38Jon FlanaganDefender
6Fabio AurelioDefender
37Martin SkrtelDefender
16Charlie AdamMidfielder
11Dirk KuytStriker
39Craig BellamyStriker
Players to Watch
Kenwyne Jones
Kenwyne Jones
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
With Tony Pulis likely to rest first choice pair Peter Crouch and Jonathan Walters, the former Sunderland man is expected to lead the attack, and his raw physicality is a real test for any defence.
Craig Bellamy
Craig Bellamy
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 39
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
With Luis Suarez expected to be rested, it will be up to the Welshman to supply the dynamism in attack, and he impressed in the last round of this competition when he opened the scoring against Brighton.
Prediction
It will be a tight affair and is unlikely to be heavy on goals but given that this match is more likely to feature fringe players it is more a test of their respective squad depths. On that basis, Liverpool have to be favourites, but only be the odd goal.
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