Vital Football

Latest Liverpool FC News

Liverpool: Team News V Stoke City

Liverpool: Team News V Stoke City

The Reds face a tricky trip to the Britannia Stadium in Stoke tonight and there could be a return for two rested stars...

Brendan Rodgers takes his Liverpool side to Stoke City later today and will do so with a relative clean bill of health.

Only striker Fabio Borini (broken foot) and defender Martin Kelly (cruciate ligament) remain sidelined although the former is hopeful of a return in the next few weeks.

There could be recalls for Raheem Sterling, who committed himself to the club recently, and midfielder Joe Allen after both were rested from the starting eleven during the 4-0 win over Fulham on Saturday.

Allen is the least likely for an instant return as the club continue to monitor and control and ongoing pelvis problem.

Of the Welsh midfielder's situation, Rodgers commented at his pre-match press conference on Monday: "I felt it was the right time [to rest Allen]. He's also suffering a little bit in and around his pelvis.

"Add into that he has played twice the amount of games at this stage of the season than he had last year. He's been playing in a lot of the games - sometimes up to three games in a week. Physically, that has been a big demand on him."

Also with a slight issue is winger Oussama Assaidi who has a knee problem but the Moroccan is unlikely to be challenging for a place even if fit, especially given the return to form of Stewart Downing.

Possible line-up
Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique, Lucas, Shelvey, Gerrard, Downing, Sterling, Suarez.

As for the hosts, Tony Pulis has a number of ex-Liverpool players to call upon. However out of the quartet of Peter Crouch, Michael Owen, Charlie Adam and Jermain Pennant, only Crouch and Adam are likely to feature.

Squad players Mark Wilson (broken leg) and Rory Delap (hernia) are certain to miss out for the Potters who may well stick with the side who drew 0-0 with Tottenham Hotspur last time out.

Possible line-up
Begovic, Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilkinson, Whelan, Nzonzi, Etherington, Shotton, Jones, Walters.

Vital Liverpool's prediction: 1-2

Click here to read former Red Mark Lawrenson's prediction

Follow me on Twitter @superbag

Not a Vital Liverpool member? It's a 100% free to join and get involved. Plus it only takes a few moments to sign up. Click here to become a member now!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Gavin Kelley-Day
Date:Wednesday December 26 2012
Time: 11:49AM

Comments

0
stoke winning by 3-0......
shlok27
26/12/2012 12:16:00
0
Not far off @shlok27! Stoke deserved to win - very frustrating from our point of view though. Especially the nature of the goals we conceded and as per usual the lack of a killer instinct in the final third. Had enough possession, territory and attempts (as per usual) but counts for little if it's all in the wrong areas!
The Bagman
27/12/2012 09:44:00
0
Stoke away is normally a very drab affair but when you got that early goal I thought game on and that you'd continue to outplay them and score a good few all while stoke looked for that comeback goal. How wrong was I, I'd say the early goal is what cost you the game. Interesting to hear what Rodgers blames this defeat on as it certainly can't be the ref.
TheFamousNo7
27/12/2012 17:53:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Liverpool Articles

Coutinho In Team Of The Season (23/5/17)

Liverpool are represented in the Premier League Team of the Season that has been selected by BBC pundit Garth Crooks.

2016/17 Second Best Goal Return Ever

The Premier League season of 2016/17 didn't see a new goal record set in the top flight of football on Sunday, however the final day got extremely close.

Premier League 2016/17 Assist Kings (22/5/17)

With Sunday being the final day of the Premier League season of 2016/17, the Assist King Winner is now known.

Premier League 2016/17 Golden Glove Battle (22/5/17)

With Sunday being the final day of the Premier League season of 2016/17, the Golden Glove Winner is now known.

Archived Vital Liverpool Articles

Vital Liverpool articles from

Site Journalists

Gavin Kelley-Day
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Who Was MOTM vs. Middlesbrough (Home)?
Suggested By: Editor
Simon Mignolet1%
Nathaniel Clyne0%
Joel Matip0%
Dejan Lovren0%
James Milner0%
Emre Can3%
Georginio Wijnaldum59%
Philippe Coutinho37%
Adam Lallana0%
Roberto Firmino0%
Daniel Sturridge0%
Lucas Leiva (sub)0%
Divock Origi (sub)0%
Alberto Moreno (sub)0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Chelsea 38 30 3 5 93 52
2 Spurs 38 26 8 4 86 60
3 Man City 38 23 9 6 78 41
4 Liverpool 38 22 10 6 76 36
5 Arsenal 38 23 6 9 75 33
6 Man Utd 38 18 15 5 69 25
7 Everton 38 17 10 11 61 18
8 Southampton 38 12 10 16 46 -7
9 AFC Bournemouth 38 12 10 16 46 -12
10 WBA 38 12 9 17 45 -8
11 West Ham 38 12 9 17 45 -17
12 Leicester City 38 12 8 18 44 -15
13 Stoke 38 11 11 16 44 -15
14 Crystal Palace 38 12 5 21 41 -13
15 Swansea 38 12 5 21 41 -25
16 Burnley 38 11 7 20 40 -16
17 Watford 38 11 7 20 40 -28
R Hull City 38 9 7 22 34 -43
R Middlesbrough 38 5 13 20 28 -26
R Sunderland 38 6 6 26 24 -40
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Liverpool Results (view all)

Liverpool Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.BigRed833
2.capability5001
Write for Vital Football