Paul Merson predicts Stoke City v Liverpool

Paul Merson does not see another hammering for Liverpool at Stoke City.

Will Liverpool receive another hammering at the Britannia Stadium this weekend?

Paul Merson has told SkySports he sees the Reds picking up a point, forecasting a 1-1 draw.

The last time the two sides faced off was the final day of the 2014/15 season, with Stoke recording a 6-1 victory.

Former Arsenal midfielder Merson believes Liverpool have bought well enough this summer to ensure there will be no repeat.

He said: "Liverpool have bought well this summer. I like what James Milner brings to a team and Benteke is a very good player. Having said that, I think if Liverpool come away from the Britannia with a draw they would be more than happy."

He added that Steven N'Zonzi will be a big loss for Stoke City, with the midfielder joining Sevilla this summer. He was one of the goalscorers in the 6-1 victory in May.

Merson did have kind words to say about Stoke though, adding: "What Mark Hughes has done at the club has been outstanding, the team passes the ball brilliantly now."

Clear minds, or haunted memories?

Liverpool had two distractions the last time they faced Stoke. It was Steven Gerrard's final game for the club, and it was quite frankly disastrous.

It could not have possibly ended on a more sour note, but the occasion itself will have been a minor distraction at minimum heading into the game.

They also had to deal with Raheem Sterling, who was left on the bench for the game, with his desire to leave the club casting a shadow over the end to their season.

Now Liverpool have a fresh start, with new faces, but the question is whether the overbearing feeling the side have will be that clear focus, or haunted memories when they step out onto the pitch at the Britannia.

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