Liverpool head to the Britannia Stadium to face Stoke City on Wednesday night, as the Reds’ busy schedule continues at the end of November.
Stoke City vs. Liverpool
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 — 8pm (GMT)
Referee: Martin Atkinson
There’s some needless doom and gloom around at the moment, but when you weigh everything up, Liverpool are in fairly good shape.
It would be wrong to suggest that everything is going smoothly, but just one defeat in 12 matches is proof that there is plenty to feel positive about.
Dropped points on Wednesday would be a huge disappointment, however, as Liverpool come up against a Stoke side struggling to get going this season.
The Potters are 15th in the table and without a win in six, and Mark Hughes is finding himself under increasing pressure as each game passes.
Despite this, trips to the Britannia Stadium are never particularly straightforward, enjoyable affairs—the ugly 2-1 win there in April sums up what a visit to Stoke entails—and the Reds will have to play well to win.
Klopp will once again make changes to his personnel, as he looks to avoid the burnout that occurred in the post-Christmas period last season, but the visitors should have enough quality regardless of who takes to the field.
A cold Wednesday in November is never the ideal time to go to Stoke, but they’re not the force they once were.
Last Meeting: Stoke City 1-2 Liverpool
Jack Butland is out for Stoke with a broken finger, and Geoff Cameron and Stephen Ireland are also unavailable.
Last 5 at Stoke (All Competitions)
Stoke 1-2 Liverpool – April 8, 2017 (Walters; Coutinho, Firmino)
Stoke 0-1 Liverpool – January 5, 2016 (Ibe)
Stoke 0-1 Liverpool – August 9, 2015 (Coutinho)
Stoke 6-1 Liverpool – May 24, 2015 (Diouf x2, Walters, Adam, N’Zonzi, Crouch; Gerrard)
Stoke 3-5 Liverpool – January 12, 2014 (Crouch, Adam, Walters; Shawcross OG, Suarez x2, Gerrard pen, Sturridge)
Away fans’ pubs: “It’s a fair walk to the ground from most of the pubs in Stoke-on-Trent itself, but the Glebe pub near the station is one of my favourites,” says Stoke fan David Cowlishaw.
“I tend to drink in Stone (a short train away) after a Stoke game, but there’s the Power League near the stadium and Hem Heath at the bottom of Stanley Matthews Way.”
Stoke – Last five results (all competitions)
Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)
Did You Know?
Despite the Britannia Stadium being seen as a bogey ground for Liverpool, they have actually won on four of their last five visits there.
The one failed attempt in that stretch was the infamous 6-1 defeat on the final day of the 2014/15 season—a day that Brendan Rodgers arguably never recovered from as Reds boss.
In his pre-match press conference, Klopp spoke about squad rotation ahead of a busy schedule, saying he doesn’t ‘rest’ players:
“It made sense at this part of the season to use the strength of the squad. It’s not completely unlikely they will start,” Klopp said.
“We don’t ‘rest’. We use our players. [Rotation] was not the reason for the last game, it was more that we needed fresh legs. I thought it worked quite well.
“It was a very important sign for the squad, that I show faith in pretty much all the boys in the squad, and they showed they are 100 percent ready.
“We will make one or two changes for the next game.”
TV & Live Blog Info
The match is not part of BT Sport’s midweek Premier League coverage, so follow our matchday live blog to get minute-by-minute updates during the game.
Henry Jackson will be in the chair from 7.15pm (GMT) bringing you plenty of pre-match content, prior to kickoff at 8pm.