Liverpool v Stoke: Behind Enemy Lines (@Marcespley)

Stoke make the trip to Anfield having only lost 2 of the last 12 games, with one of those being a 3-1 loss at the Emirates. 

Stoke come into the game off the back of two draw which showed both sides of Stoke off to a tee. Firstly the game v Southampton showed our battling spirit against adversity when we managed to stifle Southampton for 70 minutes whilst down to 10 men, secondly our soft underbelly was shown v Leicester for the second season in a row.

Our inability to kill off games and believe they are won has been our undoing many times. Stoke get themselves into winning positions and just switch off, and are incapable of getting themselves going again allowing teams back into games.

Stoke will hope we can put on a performance that rivers the 1-0 win in the EFL Cup at Anfield last season, rather than the last visit which saw Origi score a brace in a 4-1 loss to the Potters.

Likely team is hard to say with Mark Hughes adopting two different systems but I would like to think we would go with the 3-4-3 that eased past Watford and Burnley.

Notable absentee will be Mario Arnautovic who will be serving his second of his 3 game bans for a debatable red card issued against Southampton.

Stoke’s Keymen

Stoke’s dangermen are well known by now, with Shaqiri on his day baffling many a defender with his skill. Allen is know to Liverpool more than the rest with his energy and there is Imbula who can glide through midfield taken out 2 or 3 players in the process.

Joe Allen, Stoke's top scorer, returns to Anfield on Tuesday.

Joe Allen, Stoke’s top scorer, returns to Anfield on Tuesday.

Stoke Predicted XI:


Likelihood of that happening, about the same as Wenger witnessing a controversial incident involving his own players.


Origi and Allen scoring against the side who thought he was not good enough to start for them. 1-1.

Written by Marc Espley (@espleypotter)


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