Stoke City vs. Liverpool
Saturday, April 8, 2017 – 3:00pm (BST)
Referee: Mike Dean
Oh Liverpool, why must you be so infuriating?
Wednesday’s 2-2 draw at Anfield left many angry at the final whistle, as the Reds once again came up short against a side they should be beating.
There is clearly some sort of psychological issue against teams of this ilk, and if it doesn’t go away over the next seven games, a top-four finish is unlikely.
On Saturday, Liverpool head to Stoke, knowing that all eyes will be on them as they look to prove they can dig deep and pick up three crucial points.
There is understandable trepidation going into the game, with many tipping Liverpool to once again drop points, and it is up to the manager and the players to prove the doubters wrong.
This isn’t the fabled, nightmare-inducing cold December night in Stoke, but regardless of that and the Potters’ poor form, trips to the Britannia are never easy.
The Reds’ “easy” run-in has not got off to a good start—another negative result this weekend would really see the vultures circling.
Last Meeting: Liverpool 4-1 Stoke City
Daniel Sturridge is expected to return to the matchday squad, however, which is extremely welcome news.
The striker may well leave this summer, but an influential swansong would be just what the doctor ordered.
Jon Walters and Xherdan Shaqiri are both slight doubts for Stoke, though could recover in time, but Jack Butland is still sidelined.
Away fans’ pub: The Terrace Inn
Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)
Stoke – Last five results (all competitions)
Speaking ahead of the trip to the Britannia, Klopp conceded Stoke were “always difficult to play.”
“A good team, eh? Different performances obviously, not the best results but still really good. Always difficult to play.
“We made analysis, we don’t know about their lineup but the style of play is pretty clear. Most of the things are clear.
“I don’t think Stoke thinks about being under threat. They are one of two or three teams that don’t fight for one thing or another. They are in a comfortable situation.”
Due to it being a Saturday 3pm game, the match is not live on UK television, but our matchday live blog will be running from 2:15pm.
Ben Twelves will be on hand with lots of pre-match content and regular updates during the match. Three points are essential, Reds.
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