The Potters and Liverpool were drawn to play each other in the League Cup semi-finals and the two-legged tie was ultimately decided by a penalty shoot-out, with Liverpool going on to win.
On that occasion there was very little between the teams, and in the second leg in particular Stoke could count themselves somewhat unfortunate after dominating proceedings.
Their most recent encounter on Sunday, however, was certainly different as the Reds ran out 4-1 winners with Alberto Moreno, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi (twice) finding the back of the net.
Commenting on Liverpool’s progress, Hughes says he can note an improvement under Klopp.
“They’re obviously developing, it’s early in Jurgen’s tenure. I’m sure he will get the opportunity to add to his squad, to get the players he wants and that plays the way he wants his team to play,” Hughes said.
“I think everybody is with him, there is a real positive feeling about the club and Jurgen has instilled that and created that to a certain extent with his personality. I think they will grow and I’m sure they will get better.”
While Liverpool’s hopes of a top four spot remain fairly slim, the club can still secure Champions League football next season as they look to end the campaign as Europa League champions.
On Thursday they host Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund with the tie finely poised at 1-1.