Stoke City vs Liverpool: Preview, Team News & Predicted Line-up

By on September 9, 2011

A short trip to Stoke City is the test for Liverpool following a rather boring International break, as they look to continue their good run of form.

Ghost of the Past

Not saying that this is very likely to happen, but Stoke City have 2 ex-Liverpool players who could be dangerous throughout the course of the game. Like Liverpool, Stoke City come into this game unbeaten, with a win and two draws, and they’ve made themselves a relatively strong side.

Peter Crouch and Jermaine Pennant are the two ex-Liverpool players that I’m talking about, but I should think that this match would be more of a case of Liverpool finding ways of breaking through Stoke City’s tough defence at their fortress that is the Britannia Stadium.

Good News from the Break

We’ve come through this break relatively unscathed, with only Charlie Adam’s slight injury when playing for Scotland perhaps the only issue that has come forward following the break, but he has had a full week off, so I reckon he would be back into the team for Stoke.

Steven Gerrard (remember him?) has set a return date now, and Liverpool fans are just raring to see him get back to action. He is set to return in just over a week’s time, with him setting the game against Tottenham Hotspur as the date for his comeback from injury.

Talking Tactics

Liverpool are going to have to deal with Stoke’s long ball specialists, namely (throw in taker first, footballer second) Rory Delap and Matthew Etherington, who is superb with the dead ball.

But we definitely should be able to take away 3 points from this game. One question would perhaps lie in whether Carroll will play following new comments from Capello (once again) complaining about his drinking habits and John Terry ‘trying’ to help him.

But otherwise, I personally see Liverpool playing something like a 4-3-3, and I reckon that Kenny Dalglish might just leave Andy Carroll out of the team and use him as an impact sub. Besides, Liverpool coped really well against Bolton 2 weeks ago with Suarez the lone striker up front, so I don’t think it is a far fetched idea.

But then again, word is that Adam is ‘doubtful’ for this encounter, so if the aScot doesn’t make it, Dalglish may have to re-think.

Possible Liverpool Lineup

(4-3-3) Reina, Flanagan, Carragher, Coates, Enrique, Henderson, Lucas, Downing, Suarez, Carroll, Kuyt.

Submitted by Two Liverpool Fans

 

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9 Comments

  1. Pablo

    September 9, 2011 at 10:23 am

    v.much doubt Kenny will play something as aggressive as 4-3-3 at Stoke…more likely 4-2-3-1 or possibly 3 centre halfs with wing backs if GJ makes his return..Coates probably a sub…

    Likely (4-2-3-1)

    Pepe

    GJ JC DA JE

    LL CA

    JH LS SD

    AC

    Possible (3-5-2)

    Pep

    JC MS DA
    GJ JE

    JH LL CA

    LS

    AC

  2. magnumopus

    September 9, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I heard that Rory has a ham problem and might not play!

  3. Redsmail

    September 9, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Some strainge team selections there

    Reina

    Johnson or Skrtel, Carra, Agger, Enrique

    kuyt lucas adam downing

    Suarez carroll

    Bellamy and Hendo on bench

  4. colmanjacklfc

    September 9, 2011 at 10:41 am

    The lineup im expecting L pool to start against stoke city in a 4 4 2 Formation.

    —–Reina—–

    -Johnson–Carragher–Coates–Enrique–

    -Kuyt—–Henderson–Lucas—Bellamy–

    ———-Carroll——Suarez—-

    Subs-Doni,Agger,Rodriguez etc ,(bench) Charlie Adam reason due to slight injury knock in scotland game so he won’t be fully fit)and(bench)Downing wont be fully fit too due to england game in the week but would bring him on in second half).

  5. effect

    September 9, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    reina, johnson/skrtel, carra, agger, enrique, lucas, henderson, adams, downing, kuyt suarez. sub- coates, bellamy, carrol, doni.

  6. Simon

    September 9, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Johnson is doubtful

  7. Neel

    September 10, 2011 at 1:54 am

    I don’t think it’s gonna be a 4-4-2 but the same we played against Bolton 4-2-3-1.
    Delap is doubtful (75%)

    REINA

    JOHNSON CARRA AGGER ENRIQUE

    LUCAS
    ADAM

    KUYT DOWNING
    HENDO

    SUAREZ

    SUBS : FLANNO-SRKTEL-BELLAMY-CARROLL-DONI-SPEARING-COATES

    I BELIEVE IT IS GOING TO BE AVERY TOUGH MATCH BUT WE WILL WIN WITH THE SMALLEST MARGIN.
    0-1 OR 1-2
    LFC-YNWA

  8. Paul

    September 10, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I think kenny will go 5 at the back for this one, if johnson is fit. The team:

    Reina
    Johnson carra skrtel agger enrique
    Lucas Adam
    Suarez downing
    Carroll

  9. Arinze Azozie

    September 10, 2011 at 11:27 am

    I THINK KENNY HAVE TO PLAY A 4-3-3 AGAINST BOLTON WITH
    PEPE
    JOHNSON,CARRAGHER,SKRTEL,ENRIQUE
    HENDO,LUCAS,DOWNING
    KUYT,SUAREZ,BELLAMY.(SUB-DONI,FLANAGON,AGGER,COATES,MAXI,ADAM,CARROLL)

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