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  • January 14, 2012
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Anfield, Liverpool
  • Referee: H. Webb
  • • Attendance: 44691
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Premier League Preview: Liverpool - Stoke

The Reds defeated Newcastle in their last home fixture but face a well organized opponent under the leadership of Tony Pulis.


PROBABLE LINEUPS

LIVERPOOL

Reina
Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique
Downing, Adam, Spearing, Maxi
Gerrard
Carroll

STOKE CITY

Sorenson
Woodgate, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson
Shotton, Palacios, Whelan, Etherington
Walters
Crouch

Liverpool has just one new injury worry ahead of its clash with Stoke, after midfielder Jay Spearing limped off with a tight hamstring in Wednesday's League Cup clash with Manchester City.

Manager Kenny Dalglish was quick to assure fans that the youngster felt tightness in his hamstring, rather than a pull, meaning he could well return for this fixture.

However, fellow midfielder Jordan Henderson may well miss out, with this game coming so soon after an impressive, energy-sapping, performance against City.

Forward Craig Bellamy is also unlikely to start as he is often rested for multiple games over short periods due to long-term knee issues. This could mean a return for Argentine Maxi Rodriguez, who has a fine goalscoring record for the Reds in recent times.

For the visitors, a familiar, and equally formidable, back four is likely to face the Anfield barrage.

Boyhood Evertonian Jon Walters could form part of the Potters' attack, despite featuring in last weekend's FA Cup win at Gillingham, and should partner former Red Peter Crouch.

Ryan Shotton is expected to feature on the right side of midfield in order to provide further defensive cover with winger Matthew Etherington bombing forward on the other side.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • This game marks the 113th league meeting between these two sides.
  • They have played each other twice already this season with Liverpool triumphing in the League Cup and the Potters in the league.
  • Saturday's game will be Kenny Dalglish's (pictured right) 50th in charge of the Reds since his return as boss and his 348th overall.
  • Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez made his Liverpool debut in this fixture last season, coming on to score, but will not feature here as he continues his eight-match ban for racial abuse.
  • Stoke forward Peter Crouch could face his former club for the ninth time since leaving but has yet to score against it.
  • Stoke has scored just eight goals away from home so far this season. Only Fulham has a worse record having netted just six times on its travels.
  • Equally worrying for the Potters is the fact that Liverpool has conceded just eight times at home in the league, a statistic bettered only by Arsenal and Manchester City.
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Players to watch

S. Gerrard

Position: Midfielder

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P. Crouch

Position: Attacker

Games: 6

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Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Liverpool

Stoke City

Wins
4
0
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Liverpool FC LIV
Liverpool FC Liverpool
Draw
Stoke City FC STO
Stoke City FC Stoke City
84%

Top 3 Predictions

Liverpool FC LIV
2 - 0
Stoke City FC STO
Liverpool FC LIV
3 - 0
Stoke City FC STO
Liverpool FC LIV
3 - 1
Stoke City FC STO

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