Coutinho’s Potential to Equal Gerrard
Philippe Coutinho has scored in the Reds last two trips to the Potteries.
Should he net again today he will become only the second Liverpool player to score in three successive league visits to Stoke. Steven Gerrard is the other (2012-15).
Mixed Fortunes For Mane
He was sent off playing for the Saints at this ground in March 2016.
Mark Hughes has won four of 24 games against the Reds in his managerial career and won two out of 10 in all competitions in his current job.
Last season Liverpool won this fixture 2-1 to record a league double over Hughes’ men.
Jon Walters put the hosts in front on the stroke of half-time but substitutes Coutinho and Roberto Firmino scored in three second-half minutes to win the game for the Reds.
Stoke’s Poor Britannia Form
Stoke have won two of their last six home league games this season, drawing two and losing two.
At the Britannia Stadium they have taken maximum points from three of their last 11 league games.
They have conceded 11 goals at home with nine of those coming in the last four games.
Peter Crouch played 134 times for Liverpool, scoring 42 times during his spell at Anfield from 2005-08.
Glen Johnson made 200 appearances in his six years at Anfield scoring nine goals. His last Reds goal was against City in 2014. His late winner earning Liverpool all three points.
Charlie Adam played 37 times in all competitions for Liverpool, scoring twice before his move to Stoke in the summer of 2012.
Joe Allen, in his four years at Liverpool, scored seven goals in 132 games.
Can’s Century & Returning Debutants
Emre Can could play his 100th league game for the club.
In recent seasons Johnson, Crouch, Ibrahim Afellay and Erik Pieters have all made their Stoke debut against the Reds.
This Season’s Scorers
Stoke City: Crouch (4), Choupo-Moting (3), Diouf (3), Shaqiri (3), Allen (2), Fletcher (1), Jese (1), Sobhi (1), Zouma (1), own goals (1)
Liverpool: Salah (15), Firmino (9), Coutinho (5), Mane (4), Can (3), Sturridge (3), Alexander-Arnold (2), Oxlade-Chamberlain (2), Henderson (1), Matip (1), Wijnaldum (1), own goals (1)
* Stats courtesy of LFC statistician Ged Rea.