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Comfortable Win Over Stoke For Reds

Liverpool manged to put four past Stoke on Sunday afternoon as Jurgen Klopp fielded a somewhat weakened side with one eye firmly on the second leg of his team's Europa League quarter final with Borussia Dortmund.
                              Image via Divock Origi celebrates with Kolo Toure
Unfortunately I didn't see the game so this post will be very thin on the ground with just a few talking points I picked up from the full highlights.
Strong Squad?
After making seven changes to the side against a team like Stoke it's quite hard to believe that Liverpool managed to bag four goals to be honest and it got me thinking... is our squad actually a lot stronger than we give it credit for?
With players like Joe Allen and Sheyi Ojo featuring heavily on Sunday, maybe we do have some options? I'm not saying we have a top class squad by any means because let's face it some of these players are just bang average and we definitely need to invest in the summer. However, it…

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Stoke

After a brilliant performance against Borussia Dortmund on Thursday evening the Reds must feel like they can take on anyone at the moment but Stoke are famously hard to break down, can Klopp get the win at Anfield on Sunday?

Injuries The big injury news of course involves Jordan Henderson who picked up an issue in the Dortmund game, initially it appeared he may be out for the season but manager Jurgen Klopp is hopeful that his captain may return sooner. Emre Can is also unavailable to start due to serving a suspension.

For Stoke, Whelan and Arnautovic are doubtful to start and Butland will also be unavailable for Mark Hughes.
Previous Meetings The last time the two sides met was in the League Cup semi-final this year. The first match ended 1-0 with Jordon Ibe on the score sheet while the second leg also ended 1-0, this time to Stoke. Liverpool eventually secured their place in the final after winning 6-5 on penalties.

The last meeting between the sides in the Premier League was in Aug…

Klopp Can't Look As Reds Go Through On Penos

Liverpool are through to the final of the league cup after winning 6-5 on penalties at Anfield on Tuesday evening. After 90 minutes it was an offside goal from Arnautovic which forced the game to extra time and eventually the dreaded spot kicks. Jurgen Klopp's side were extremely underwhelming throughout the match and can consider themselves lucky to have sealed a ticket to Wembley after a convincing performance from Stoke.

Liverpool entered the second leg with a 1-0 advantage thanks to a Jordon Ibe goal at the Britannia and for the majority of the first half, despite not playing well, it looked as though the home side were going to make half time without too many issues. The influential Arnautovic though found his team an important goal at the 45 minute mark, he was clearly offside but to be honest a goal was nothing more than Stoke deserved. The Reds had provided little to nothing in terms of attack and it was Stoke who commanded this semi-final now.

A clever tactic from Mark H…

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Stoke

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Liverpool welcome Stoke to Anfield on Tuesday evening for the second leg of their league cup semi final with the Potters. The Reds come into this game 1-0 up on aggregate but after conceding four goals at Norwich and scrambling to a win, Stoke must fancy their chances of an upset.

Injuries for Liverpool mean they are still unable to call upon their influential forward Daniel Sturridge. According to Jürgen Klopp in a recent interview he will be back within 10 days, we'll just wait and see on that one shall we? Also unavailable is Divock Origi and Martin Skrtel, it also looks as though the game will come too early for Dejan Lovren. There remains a lot of responsibility on the back four here after their performance against Norwich and I personally feel we'd be better off with the likes of Skrtel and Lovren in there though I know several fans disagree.
For Stoke, they are without Ryan Shawcross and it looks as though doubts are held over the fit…

Injury Woes For Reds But Ibe Nets Winner

Liverpool managed to collect a much needed victory at the Britannia on Tuesday evening despite losing both Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren during the first half due to hamstring injuries. In the second half Kolo Toure also played through what appeared to be another hamstring issue but it was Jordon Ibe who found the back of the net for the Reds and secured the win in the first leg.

The advantage going into the second leg of the semi final at Anfield will be invaluable for the Reds who may still be suffering injury wise come the end of January. Jurgen Klopp opted to start without a recognised striker for this fixture and also missing from the XI was Jordan Henderson and Mamadou Sakho.

The game started brightly for the Reds as the trio of Lallana, Firmino and Coutinho put their magic on show. Some wonderful moves and link up play from the threesome left Stoke quickly on the back foot and I must admit I was surprised to see Liverpool start so confidently.

Unfortunately we didn't …

MATCH PREVIEW: Stoke V Liverpool

It's a big game for Liverpool on Tuesday evening as Jurgen Klopp takes his side to the Britannia for the first leg of a league cup semi final against Stoke. The Reds of course were beaten by West Ham at the weekend and confidence is running low at the moment around L4.

Injuries for Liverpool mean Daniel Sturridge will still be unavailable after apparently suffering another setback during recovery. According to Jurgen the forward was unable to attend one session and he would rather wait until Daniel has strung together some full sessions before risking him for a start.

Liverpool are also without defender Martin Skrtel and both Milner and Henderson in the middle of the park. For Stoke they are looking relatively strong with just Muniesa and Ireland unavailable to feature.

The last time the two sides met was back in August of 2015. A single goal from Philippe Coutinho was enough for the Reds to get the win during that fixture. Most Reds however will remember vividly the final game o…

Coutinho Stunner Sinks Stoke

Liverpool eventually managed to get the better of Stoke on Sunday evening after a stunning strike from Philippe Coutinho in the 86th minute. It was a lacklustre affair prior to this with Stoke getting the better of the chances, the Reds however remained resilient and secured all three points.

Christian Benteke was given his first start under manager Brendan Rodgers but he had little to no support up top and collected just five touches of the ball in the penalty area. It's certainly no coincidence to me that a lone striker at Liverpool hasn't successfully worked since the disappearance of Luis Suarez and even he played regularly in a front two.

Our wingers are far too selfish (not always a bad thing) and even players like Milner and Henderson who I would expect to provide the odd cross just didn't seem to be keeping their eyes peeled for Benteke on Sunday. This concerns me moving forward but thankfully we still have time to correct that and I seriously hope that when Sturr…

MATCH PREVIEW: Stoke V Liverpool

And we are back!

I can't believe that we've reached season start already, it may have dragged for a few of you but because I've been working all this summer instead of sitting around the house whilst off Uni, it's gone well quick for me! In fact, I haven't even felt the usual withdrawal symptoms that occur when not being able to obsess over my beloved Liverpool each weekend.

But there we have it, it's here and it's time for the Reds to get stuck in!

After finishing last season with what looked like a potential P45 for Brendan Rodgers, the boss is still at the helm and he's made some signings in the process:

Christian Benteke - £32.5millionRoberto Firmino - £28.7millionNathaniel Clyne - £12.3millionJoe Gomez - £3.4millionJames Milner - Free TransferDanny Ings - Free TransferAdam Bogdan - Free Transfer
I've voiced my opinions on the transfers on Twitter so I won't go into it all again but one thing's for sure, Rodgers has nowhere to hide if th…

Stoke Put Six Past Liverpool

Liverpool fell to an embarrassing defeat on Sunday as Stoke utterly demolished the Reds on the last day of the season. It wasn’t a pleasant sight seeing Steven Gerrard lose his last game in a Liverpool shirt but thank god the captain managed to find a consolation goal.

Prior to kick off and before we’d seen the starting XI I was pretty convinced we were going to lose this game and so it was no real surprise that we failed to take any points from the game. What was surprising was the manner in which we lost the game. We were a shambles at the back and we had no striker on, not even Raheem Sterling was playing as a forged striker today because he’d been a naughty boy and had to simmer on the bench.

To be honest I’m not sure how I felt about leaving Sterling on the bench. Part of me thought we should teach him a lesson but the other part of me realised that we needed him on the pitch in order to have any real hope of winning the game.

Watching the game live, it felt as though we had cru…

MATCH PREVIEW: Stoke V Liverpool

In a week that Raheem Sterling's agent decided to call Jamie Carragher "a knob" I fear this match preview may be pretty pointless. As we spiral into an ever expanding transfer saga with one of our most talented yet egotistical players I seriously wish I could just skip the endless weeks of rumours ahead.

As we stand, Aidy Ward is saying Sterling will not sign, even for a billion quid a week or some bollocks. In the meantime, Brendan Rodgers is adamant that Sterling will see out his contract, either way it's going to be a crap situation for the club to be in. He leaves? We're all pissed off about the manner in which he has left and the real possibility of him playing for a rival team. He stays? We're pissed off because he's been a bit of an arsehole and he seems incapable of mending the wounds he has created.

I'm sick of it all to be honest, he's not even that good a player. He's clearly brimming with potential but he only flourishes when he h…

Heroic Effort From Johnson Gives Reds 3 Points

Liverpool faced Stoke at Anfield on Saturday and eventually after a diving header from Glen Johnson managed to collect their first win in the Premier League in five matches. After a dismal first half display the Reds came to life in the second however their lack of a prolific strike force was becoming evident. It took a defender to net the winner in a scrappy game for Brendan Rodgers' side.

The first half to be honest could barely be described as a football match. You know you've had a dodgy first half when match of the day have to show a shot deflecting off a defender as a "highlight". And so, without much to discuss we may as well go on to the second half.

The first real chance of this half saw Henderson send an effort wide. Liverpool after looking lacking in ideas in the first half were suddenly creating a lot more movement. A second half substitution for Stoke saw Charlie Adam enter play replacing Glenn Whelan. This change appeared to aid Liverpool nicely as the…

Pressure Builds As Potters Come To Anfield

After a somewhat unconvincing yet slightly improved performance against Ludogorets in the week, Brendan Rodgers finds himself deeply under the spotlight. The pressure is on the Reds boss because Liverpool have only managed to collect one point in their last four matches.

Injuries for the Reds mean they are still without strikers Daniel Sturridge and Mario Balotelli. Stoke have suffered a blow after a virus apparently swept the the training ground this week meaning some players could fail to start. A thigh problem for Victor Moses keeps him out whilst there are doubts hanging over Erik Pieters and Marc Wilson.

The last time the two sides met was in January this year. With eight goals scored in the match it certainly was a must see game for the neutral. The game kicked off with an own goal by Ryan Shawcross just three minutes in. Liverpool then scored their other four via Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez.

The Reds fortunately have a fantastic record against Stoke at Anf…

Reds Net 5 To Take Back 4th

It was an eight goal thriller at the Britannia on Sunday as both sets of fans were treated to an end to end game in a thoroughly exciting football match. There were points of frustration for Liverpool who perhaps could have avoided some of their mistakes but the general consensus is that in years gone by, the Reds would never have fought on to win that game.

Some early Liverpool pressure meant the game swung their way in less than five minutes after a somewhat fortunate goal. Sterling's pass which he appeared to mess up eventually reached Aly Cissokho on the left of the box, his strike had power but it wasn't on target. Ryan Shawcross however managed to get in the way of the effort and turned the ball into his own net.

The following portion of the game consisted of chances for both sides with Liverpool perhaps getting the more feasible attempts. However neither side had scored and we'd have to wait until 30 minutes for a change in the scoreline.

A lurking Luis Suarez was …

Stoke Win Would Send Reds Back Into 4th

Liverpool make the short trip to the Britannia on Sunday evening as they prepare to face a new look Stoke side managed by Mark Hughes. Brendan Rodgers this week has been in the news for taking the mick out of Chelsea but here's hoping the boss has kept his concentration on what could be a difficult game for the Reds.

There is an improved situation for the Reds concerning injuries as Sturridge and Sakho are hoped to be welcomed back for this fixture. Blows though include a long sideline spell for Daniel Agger and the missing Jose Enrique.

For Stoke, they are unable to field Oussama Assaidi against his parent club and they also have some injury problems between the sticks meaning Jack Butland will start in goal. Also unavailable for Stoke is Robert Huth who recently underwent knee surgery.

The last time the two sides met I was in a boiling hot Tenerife (take me back!) and I vividly remember watching the game in a pub full of Celtic fans whilst they were all watching their game haha…

Liverpool Start The Season Against Stoke

The Reds look to get their Premier League season underway on Saturday at Anfield when they face Mark Hughes' Stoke side. If you're reading this that means my scheduled post has worked and I'm currently sitting on a beach in Tenerife, sorry to rub it in! Haha. For this reason as you can probably tell this match preview is a bit thin on the ground compared to my usual posts but I didn't want to miss it completely so this was typed up on Monday 12th August.

We all know how Liverpool's pre-season went with 6 wins out of 7 and only 2 goals conceded. For Stoke, their pre-season has also gone pretty well, they lost just one game on their American tour, beat Wrexham and picked up a draw against Genoa.

With Tony Pulis out the door many people are suggesting that Stoke's well known style of play has been filtered out under Hughes but I'll make my own decision on that when we see them in the league. If this is true though expect some more attacks at Anfield from the …

Stoke Confidently Beat Reds

Liverpool fell to a dismal defeat at the hands of Stoke on Boxing Day as the Reds struggled to keep hold of their very early lead. It started so well for Brendan's boys but quickly turned sour when Stoke equalised and then took hold of the game.

Liverpool fielded an unchanged side from their last outing and it was Luis Suarez who immediately got things underway. The Uruguayan found an early run into the box and Ryan Shawcross felt he was unable to deal with him deciding instead to tug on his shirt from outside the box and all the way into it. It was a clear penalty.

Steven Gerrard stepped up to take the penalty and there was no doubt where this spot kick was going. His effort was placed perfectly into the bottom left corner of goal.

At this stage I was very pleased, I'd mentioned an early goal would help and after scoring so early surely we could capitalise on this and only improve? Who was I kidding? I should have known not to hold out so much hope with us lot at the moment.…

Boxing Day At Britannia

Liverpool face Stoke on Boxing Day as they look to continue what they started against Fulham last weekend. The Reds are only 5 points off 4th place and it makes you realise what a loss means at this stage of the season, if Liverpool can do well over the festive period they could seriously propel themselves up the table.

Stoke are without Charlie Adam who has taken leave after his Father passed away. Another ex Red Michael Owen though could be available after returning from a recent injury. For Liverpool, thankfully there are no new injury worries.

The last time the two sides met was in October and the game ended in a 0-0 draw at Anfield. In terms of the Reds at Stoke there's been a lot of draws recently and Stoke also picked up wins in 2011 and 2010. This is usually the sort of game for Liverpool that would see them get just the one point but if the lads can play like they did against Fulham then Stoke could become very flustered.

Stoke haven't lost in their last 6 Premier Le…

Everything But The Goal

Liverpool had to settle for a draw on Sunday afternoon despite their best efforts and a good all round performance. The passing and movement was bang on and chances were certainly created but with a lot of the work left to Suarez to find the back of the net, in the end neither himself or the rest of the side could find the Reds a goal.

Brendan opted to field his youngsters once again with Sterling, Suso and Wisdom all starting. Suarez was the main man up front. Stoke had two ex Liverpool players in their starting line up; Crouch and Adam whilst Owen didn't even make the bench after picking up a knock in training. (Shocker).

The first half left Stoke chasing the ball a lot of the time. Liverpool were confident in retaining possession and the likes of Suso and Sterling were creating space making the Liverpool attacks more threatening. The Stoke defence for the time being was easily undone.

Despite this, Liverpool didn't get many clear cut chances in the first half but were by f…

Owen Returns To Anfield With Potters

Stoke make the trip up North to Anfield on Sunday as Liverpool look for their second win on the trot in the league. The Reds season only began at Norwich in many senses and it's important Brendan's side keep hold of their momentum now especially at home.

Liverpool don't have any new injury woes but still unavailable is Jonjo Shelvey who is serving his ban. Stoke have similar problems with Andy Wilkinson out through suspension too. Interestingly for Stoke they have four players who will know Anfield very well - Crouch, Owen, Pennant and Adam.

Michael Owen has turned into a bit of a talking point for this game but not because of his football, because of the reaction he will or won't receive. Most Liverpool fans can't stand him and they certainly aren't afraid to make their opinions clear and so anyone hoping for a good reception for Owen may be disappointed.

Most people who have read my Past Players feature on Owen will know where I stand on the situation and wh…

Liverpool Book Place At Wembley Semi Final

The Reds knocked Stoke out of the FA Cup on Sunday in a 2-1 win. Dalglish's side have now drawn either Everton or Sunderland (depending on the outcome of their replay) in the semi finals at Wembley. The goals came from Luis Suarez and Stewart Downing.

Pulis's side entered the game in the sort of fashion we were all expecting, they got stuck in and attempted to break down the passing movement especially within the Liverpool midfield. It took it's time to work but eventually Stoke did begin to frustrate Liverpool.

Despite Stoke's best efforts, it was Liverpool that grabbed the first goal. A superb finish from Luis Suarez left Stoke keeper Sorensen stunned as the Reds went 1-0 up.

Liverpool couldn't celebrate for long though as Stoke found themselves with a cluster of corners to take advantage of. Despite the fact that their last corner that led to the goal blatantly wasn't one, Liverpool quite frankly should have dealt with the threat better.

The corner was whip…