???️ Stoke v Liverpool Preview

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The Reds make the short trip to Stoke for match day 14 of the English Premier League on Wednesday night at the Bet 365 Stadium. The Potters come into the game sitting in 15th place after a drab 2-1 defeat to bottom-of-the-table Crystal Palace on Saturday. Only 3 points above the relegation zone, it has been an inconsistent start to the season for Stoke who have Won 3, Drawn 4 and Lost 6 of their games in the EPL so far this season. This fixture will be the 153rd time that the two teams have met. In previous games between the two sides, LFC have won 76, lost 36 with 40 stalemates between the two sides. Stoke City have a -10 goal difference this season and only Everton have conceded more than them, showing defensive frailties that our exhilarating attack will look to expose.   We last faced Stoke at the Bet 365 Stadium in April. After going behind to a Jon Walters header just before the break, the Reds came back with 2 goals in 2 minutes to win 2-1. Coutinho equalised in the 70th minute before a memorable, majestic strike from Bobby Firmino in the 72nd minute won it for us. Simon Mignolet made one of the saves of the season during the game as he stopped Saido Berahino converting an Arnautovic cross from 4 yards out.   Klopp hinted that Mane and Firmino will return to the starting XI tomorrow night after coming under some criticism for not starting them against Chelsea on Saturday. JK also confirmed that Emre Can is back fit and will be in the squad and that Lovren ???is close’ to returning to full fitness. With long term absentee, Nathanial Clyne the only injury heading into December, our squad is looking extremely strong. Meanwhile for the hosts, Geoff Cameron will miss the game due to concussion and their first choice keeper, Jack Butland, is still absent with the broken finger he picked up whilst training with England.   This game is a must win for the Reds coming off the back of a disappointing week where we have thrown away leads through poor defending. Late equalizers from Sevilla and Chelsea have sent some fans into meltdown as Klopp and Henderson have come under a lot of pressure since the last two games.  Regardless of recent results, Stoke is the type of game we must win if we want to qualify for the Champions League.   Here is my predicted XI for Wednesday night’s game:   Article by Jack Gill @jacklfcgill_
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