Match to be played on Sunday 12th January 2014 at 16:10. Venue: Britannia Stadium, Stoke.
Brendan Rodgers’ preparation for the game has been hampered by a number of injuries to key players, which leave him with some major selection headaches in key areas.
However, Liverpool should still be able to name a strong side to go to the Britannia. Here’s the team Rodgers could go with.
GK – Simon Mignolet
The Belgian goalkeeper has been in good league form for the club this season. He’s improving all the time and he’s superb at setting up Liverpool counter attacks after closing out danger.
RB – Martin Kelly
Kelly is a god replacement for Glen Johnson who’s in the treatment room and he should relish the chance to start in the league. Defensively he’s a very solid player and he’ll get forward regularly.
CB – Kolo Toure
With Mamadou Sakho and Daniel Agger injured, there’s a chance for Toure to come back into the side. He played well against Oldham last week and his experience will always be an asset to the club.
CB – Martin Skrtel
Skrtel will be fresh after he was rested for the Oldham game and he’s well suited to deal with any physical threat Stoke pose. He reads the game well and seems to be enjoying the responsibility at the back.
LB – Aly Cissokho
The left-back should continue in defence and he’s improving. He gets forward well to provide width on the left and is very competent when wingers look to run at him and put him under some pressure.
RM – Victor Moses
A lot has been said about Moses’ impact at Liverpool this week. He should have a chance to prove any critics wrong and show how valuable he can still be to Liverpool this season.
CM – Jordan Henderson
Henderson has been used in a variety of midfield roles so far this season and he’s likely to showcase most of them in this game. Expect him to protect the defence, push forward and also drift wide.
CM – Steven Gerrard
Gerrard is going to be better for the game time he had against Oldham and he should keep his place. He’ll be the midfielder who sits in the middle and pulls the strings, controlling the pace of the game.
AM – Philippe Coutinho
Coutinho should come back into a central role for this game just behind the main striker. He’s started a lot of games on the left this season but this is a chance for him to dominate at the top of midfield.
LM – Raheem Sterling
Sterling provides a lot of pace to the midfield and he’s able to play down either side of the pitch, which means Rodgers can switch his wingers around if he wants to make a slight change.
ST – Luis Suarez
Suarez’ ability to cause chaos at the top of the attack is world class. He’ll do what he does best, which is sit in front of the midfield, moving and making runs as he looks to create space and chances for himself as well as others.