Confirmed Liverpool starting line-up v Stoke City

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Here is the Reds' starting eleven for the opening game of the new Premier League campaign.

Liverpool:

Mignolet, Johnson, Agger, Toure, Enrique, Gerrard, Lucas, Henderson, Coutinho, Aspas, Sturridge

Having seemingly put an end to the Luis Suarez saga, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will surely be pleased to let the football do the talking from now on.

The Uruguayan may be back training with the first-team, but it will be some time before he is available for selection as he completes the final six matches of his suspension.

As a result, the pressure will be on the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Steven Gerrard and Philippe Coutinho to inspire the Reds to early success.

Stoke City have much to prove, and today is just the beginning of Mark Hughes’ evolution of a squad whose previous style nearly caught them out last season.

Liverpool haven’t won an opening day fixture for four years and their recent record against the Potters is poor; but Stoke haven’t won at Anfield since 1959. Recent history points to a 0-0 draw, but I can’t see that happening today.

What is your prediction for the game?

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