Can We See Off Stoke?
Liverpool drew 1-1 at Stoke last season...
Liverpool travel to the Britannia Stadium tomorrow for an evening clash with Stoke City. After the dismal performance at Wigan, this away trip is again posing questions for Liverpool fans, even with Stoke on such poor form (perhaps some of it can be brushed off as bad luck) i still don't think Liverpool will get anything at all if we set up tactically and play as we did at the DW.
Liverpool seem to have an ever growing injury list, just as somebody gets fit another gets injured. Ryan Babel is suffering from bruised ribs. Meireles came off at half time against Wigan due to sickness. Brad Jones is still injured and so too Daniel Agger. Sotirios Kyrgiakos and Glen Johnson with both have late assessments and rumour has it that Roy will be making a late call on Joe Cole.
Liverpool can still boast being unbeaten in 4 league games but Stoke will be well aware of the Reds lack lustre performance midweek. Stoke themselves have just got their first win in 5 matches when they beat Birmingham at home. The Britannia is not one of the easiest places to go and with Stoke having a win under their belts Liverpool will need to be cautious.
For Stoke they have just one player out - Sidibe. Ryan Shawcross is able to return after serving a one match ban.
Stoke i would imagine will play in their usual hard fought style, whether the ingenuity of Torres can break that down i don't know but i do feel we'll need some real strength down the wings to gain enough width and hopefully whip some threatening balls in.
I think i'd be happy with a draw but in all honesty we have to hunt for that win!