The Merseysiders against The Potters.
Last updated: April 6, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Coverage:||Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
Liverpool are in a good position to attack the Top 4 places. They are lying 9th in the standings with 45 points collected, but The Reds have played one match less than their opponents. Moreover, The Merseysiders have won 3 of their last 5 Premier League matches, so they are in good shape.
Furthermore, Liverpool have lost only 3 of 14 matches at Anfield this season. But, they have recorded a large number of draws at home – 6. So, they will have to increase the number of home victories in what’s left of the season, in order to find their place in The Champions League for next season.
Stoke City showed a great performance during the first half of their last match against Swansea City and had a lead of 2-0, but eventually let The Swans equalize by the end of the match. In addition, The Potters are undefeated in their last 3 away Premier League matches, winning two of these matches. They also have a good chance of finding a place in The Top 6, but firstly The Potters will have to take the three points from their visit to Anfield.
Glen Johnson is still injured for The Potters. The right fullback is suffering from a knee injury. He has taken part in 25 matches this season.
Walters, Wilson and Jack Butland are the other injured players in Stoke City’s squad. The goalkeeper will miss all the games until the end of the season.
Liverpool’s top goal-scorer Roberto Firmino has a hamstring problem. The Brazilian has scored 8 goals in 25 games for The Merseysiders.
Christian Benteke is also sidelined for The Reds. The Belgian forward will surely miss the upcoming fixture against Stoke City.
Quotes of the week
Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) : “I saw that Sturridge was not happy, because I’m not blind.”
Mark Hughes (Stoke City) : “I thought Haugaard did really well, and I expected that.”
|Liverpool (4-3-3):||Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno, Milner, Henderson, Can, Coutinho, Adam Lallana, Sturridge.|
|Subs||Ward, Toure, Origi, Allen, Smith, Leiva, Skrtel.|
|Injured:||Ings, Rossiter, Gomez, Benteke, Firmino.|
|Stoke (4-2-3-1):||Haugaard, Pieters, Cameron, Wollscheid, Shawcross, Imbula, Whelan, Diouf, Afellay, Shaqiri, Arnautovic.|
|Subs||Given, Ireland, Bojan, Adam, Muniesa, Joselu, Crouch.|
|Injured:||Butland, Wilson, Johnson, Walters.|
So far this season
|Liverpool this season||Stoke City this season|
|5 (7)||(at home) Wins (away)||7 (6)|
|6-0 vs. Aston Villa||Biggest win||3-1 vs. Bournemouth and Norwich|
|6 (3)||(at home) Draws (away)||3 (5)|
|3 (6)||(at home) Losses (away)||6 (5)|
|0-3 to Watford and West Ham||Biggest Defeat||0-3 to Leicester, Man United and Everton|
|Firmino (8)||Top scorer||Arnautovic (10)|
|Milner, Firmino (7)||Assist Leader||Arnautovic, Shaqiri (5)|
|Y52, R2||Discipline||Y39, R4|
|8||Failures to score||11|
|15||Both Teams to Score Games||14|
|15||Over 2.5 Games||15|
|15||Under 2.5 Games||17|
- Liverpool won on penalties against Stoke City in the semi-final of The Capital One Cup earlier this campaign. So, this will be the fourth game between these two teams this season.
- Stoke City have never recorded a victory at Anfield against Liverpool in The Premier League. The Merseysiders have won 38 of 48 games at home.
- The Reds have scored 100 goals in Stoke City’s net and have conceded only 23 goals in 48 games at Anfield. So, Liverpool are the favourites to win the match.
- The Potters lost only 1 of their last 7 Premier League matches. Mark Hughes’ players won 4 of these games. They finished with a draw (2-2) against Swansea in the previous round.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|26/01/16||The Capital One Cup||Liverpool (P)0-1 Stoke||M. Arnautović 45′|
|05/01/16||The Capital One Cup||Stoke 0-1 Liverpool||J. Ibe 37′|
|09/08/15||The Premier League||Stoke 0-1 Liverpool||Philippe Coutinho 86′|
|29/11/14||The Premier League||Stoke 6-1 Liverpool||M. Diouf 22′|
|24/05/15||The Premier League||Liverpool 1-0 Stoke||G. Johnson 85′|