CONFIRMED: Stoke City & Liverpool line-ups - Toure and Cissokho start

Here is how Stoke City and Liverpool will line-up for this afternoon’s match at the Britannia Stadium:

Stoke City starting XI: Butland, Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters, Walters, Nzonzi, Adam, Whelan, Arnautovic, Crouch

Subs: Sorensen, Muniesa, Pennant, Palacios, Etherington, Shotton, Ireland

Liverpool starting XI: Mignolet, Johnson, Cissokho, Toure, Skrtel, Lucas, Henderson, Gerrard, Sterling, Coutinho, Suarez

Subs: Ward, Kelly, Ibe, Aspas, Moses, Sturridge, Alberto

From top to sixth in a matter of weeks, Liverpool know a victory today against Stoke City is vital. A win for Brendan Rodgers’ side will see them climb back into the top four and keep in touch with a trio showing signs of breaking clear.

One of Stoke’s stars of the campaign so far, Oussama Assaidi, is ineligible to play against his parent-club, while Jack Butland gets a chance in goal due to injuries to Asmir Begovic and Thomas Sorensen.

This is a reverse of the opening game of the season, when Simon Mignolet announced himself to the Kop in spectacular style, saving a late penalty to ensure all three points. But today’s match is a very different prospect, with the Reds having not won a league match away to Stoke since 1984.

The fact that the Potters are unbeaten in their last seven home league matches also suggests it will be a tough afternoon for the visitors.

What do you think the result will be this afternoon?

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