Jonathan Walters explains what will be important for Stoke against Liverpool

Stoke Britannia Stadium

The Stoke City forward insists they must stay in the game rather than look to take a lead into the second leg.

Jonathan Walters has highlighted to Stoke City’s official website what will be the most important thing in their upcoming cup clash with Liverpool.

Mark Hughes’ side take on the Reds on Tuesday in the semi-final of the Capital One Cup; the first time the Potters have reached that stage since 1972.

The first leg of the clash will take place at the Britannia Stadium, meaning that Stoke will be keen to get a positive result to take to Anfield for the second leg.

They would naturally prefer to take a lead into that clash, but Walters says that a more important factor is that they are simply still in the game.

“I don’t think it’s important to get a lead, I think it’s important to be in the game,” he told stokecityfc.com.

“Hopefully we can get a good result on Tuesday, and if we’re still in the game then it turns into a proper cup game.

“Liverpool have a lot of good players that can hurt team, so it will be a tough game, so we’ve got to be right at it.”

While Walters says that heading to Anfield with a lead is not important for them, they will be confident that they can do just that.

Stoke have been extremely impressive over Christmas, with their attacking trio of Marko Arnautovic, Bojan and Xherdan Shaqiri all in top form.

Those three will fancy their chances against what has been a porous Liverpool defence that has conceded 24 goals so far, the second worst defensive record in the top ten.

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