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Liverpool vs Stoke: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups & Predicted Score

Liverpool kick-off the new 2013/14 Premier League season as they welcome Stoke City to Anfield on Saturday lunchtime. Here’s a preview for the big game.

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Liverpool kick-off the new 2013/14 Premier League season as they welcome Stoke City to Anfield on Saturday lunchtime.

The Reds have seen their summer preparations overshadowed by the future of Luis Suarez with the controversial striker pushing for a move away from Merseyside in search of Champions League football.

However, with the striker still serving his ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic last season, boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to focus on the players he has available ahead of the new season as he looks to try and force his way into the top-four this campaign.

Rodgers has been busy in the transfer market bringing in a number of new faces and the Reds have enjoyed a positive pre-season so confidence should be high as they welcome Stoke to Anfield.

Mark Hughes will be in the opposite dugout as he takes charge of his first game in charge since replacing Tony Pulis so the former Manchester City boss will be hoping to kick start his tenure with a positive result.

Liverpool Team News

Liverpool are sweating on the fitness of Daniel Sturridge with the player rated at just 80%. With Suarez banned, it seems that could be enough to force Brendan Rodgers into starting the England forward although new signing Iago Aspas is also pushing for a start after impressing in pre-season.

Centre-back Daniel Agger is expected to be fit after shaking off a knee problem and Kolo Toure is expected to make his debut at the expense of Martin Skrtel.

Simon Mignolet is also in-line to make his competitive debut following his move from Sunderland while Luis Alberto is expected to make the bench.

Stoke Team News

Hughes is without midfielder Brek Shea for the trip to Anfield due to a knee injury that he picked up while away with the USA last month.

Fellow midfielder Jamie Ness is also out injured but new signings Erik Pieters and Marc Muniesa are in contention to start at the back. Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is expected to start the season as No.1 despite competition from Thomas Sorensen and Jack Butland.

Likely Line-Ups

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Predicted Score

Liverpool have been slow starters in recent years, not winning any of their last four opening day fixtures. However, I can see this trend changing this season and back the Reds to pick up all three points. Liverpool 2-0 Stoke

What would your team be and what’s your score prediction? Share your thoughts below.

20 Comments

20 Comments

  1. Afang Aniefon

    August 16, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    I think liverpool fc. Should not allow man. United to win them over the signing of williams from russia as the player pointing at liverpool acing .

  2. Jeremiah

    August 16, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Pls rogers the kops have given u the strenght go for william to avoid walking alone pls.

  3. Piusuche

    August 16, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    I think willian will be a good signing for after the player has interest in moving to liverpool.BR should make a move for the guy.

  4. laznox wale

    August 16, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    for what I heard so far about him and it’s performance, I think BR should go for him, he’s one of the young talented playemaker .

  5. Cajethan Eze

    August 16, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    There is no time so Rodgers should go fast and sign the guy before all these clubs with CL football snap him up again as they use to do.

  6. micha captain

    August 16, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    i tink liverpool will be the team to win the premie league nd let us bring william to anfeild

  7. Bishopj350

    August 16, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Willian is d best 4us,BR, stop procasting is vry bad

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  9. Olawolu Jacksontdex

    August 16, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    I luv liverpool,i wnt dem 2 buy william 2 d club

  10. Macsolid anthony

    August 16, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Willian is all we are talking about not prediction’ there is no time to waste liverpool should wake up & join the premier league big boys.

  11. bayo

    August 16, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Pls BR get us this willian as quick as u can no time to wast, and liverpool win stoke 3-1 ynwa

  12. Ken

    August 16, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Pls Brandan make haste to buy Willian for us. For He will be a great asset to our team.

  13. Koprince

    August 16, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Willian would make a decent signing but we should get a World-class Striker and LW, BR Must improve to the 1st four and win d fa or carling cup or else he shuld go.. YNWA. In Lfc i trust

  14. Koprince

    August 16, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Why Brazilans always? Willian would make a decent signing but we should get a World-class Striker and LW, BR Must improve to the 1st four and win d fa or carling cup or else he shuld go.. YNWA. In Lfc i trust

  15. micheal

    August 17, 2013 at 1:07 am

    wiliam william william/ br has learnd how to overlook players especialy wen d player stres dia desire 4 d club/i dnt realy knw he ignored ericksn transfer /i fear we might also loose dis young talentd lad.We av done any busines from our pocket dis summer/cum on BR bring on d money nd get dis guy

  16. Precious Ndubuisi Chima

    August 17, 2013 at 6:00 am

    BR pls hurry up and bring Williams to Anfied b4 clubs with CL take over, 4 our match 2day Liv 3 : 0 Stoke

  17. Burhan

    August 17, 2013 at 6:39 am

    BR we need the young star to be the top 4 liverpool 5- stoke 1

  18. jeff

    August 17, 2013 at 8:54 am

    BR, please try and complete that new look u are looking for in our team by signing this Willian guy as fast as u can so u can save urslf the blushes of watching anoda Borussia Dortmund offer him champions league football which he might not turn down. YNWA. LIVERPOOL 3-1 STOKE

  19. Anyam kevin

    August 17, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Pls fellow supporters lets be reasonable for once. I prefer we go 4 machirano or alonso even fellani and not william

  20. prince nasif

    August 17, 2013 at 10:42 am

    B/R sign Munian,Ericksen & shane Long

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