Liverpool vs Stoke - Match preview and team news
With the Luis Suarez drama still hanging over Anfield, Brendan Rodgers will be desperate to kick off the season with a win against a Stoke side currently in transition following the departure of the long serving Tony Pulis.
Troubled Uruguayan aside Liverpool have been busy in the transfer market. Following the retirement of veteran Jamie Carragher experienced Kolo Toure has been brought in, alongside Simon Mignolet, Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto. With fit again Steven Gerrard set to line up alongside the impressive Phillippe Coutinho reds fans are looking forward to an interesting campaign.
Stoke meanwhile find themselves under the guidance of Mark Hughes, who will want to do what he couldn’t manage with Queens Park Rangers - find an away win. However, the potters have not scored at Anfield in the league. Hughes’ Stoke project will make for intriguing viewing with many predicting a change in style.
Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel are both nursing monir knocks but should be fit to make the first XI should they be selected. Suarez will miss he starts on the last six games of his ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic, and it is expected that new boy Iago Aspas will deputise having scored four goals in pre-season.
Stoke visit Anfield with a near fully fit squad. Only winger Brek Shea is their only injury concern, and will miss the curtain raiser with a leg injury.
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