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

Liverpool: Lucas Remains Unsure Over Future

The experienced Brazilian is set to arrive back on Merseyside this week ahead of pre-season training

Liverpool: Sadio Mane Is Officially A Red

The big money deal for Sadio Mane of Southampton has been completed

Liverpool: LFC Euro 2016 Round-Up (28/06/2016)

Six Liverpool players are into the European Championship quarter-finals but the other six are heading home from France

Liverpool:,Are Players Set For A Football Brexit?

With the country voting to leave the European Union in Thursday's Referendum, there are certainly plenty of questions that need to be addressed

Archived Vital Liverpool Articles

Vital Liverpool articles from

Site Journalists

Gavin Kelley-Day
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

How Do You View The Signing Of Sadio Mane?
Suggested By: Editor
Brilliant news0%
Pretty happy100%
Not bothered0%
Poor business0%
Awful signing0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Leicester City 38 23 12 3 81 32
2 Arsenal 38 20 11 7 71 29
3 Spurs 38 19 13 6 70 34
4 Man City 38 19 9 10 66 30
5 Man Utd 38 19 9 10 66 14
6 Southampton 38 18 9 11 63 18
7 West Ham 38 16 14 8 62 14
8 Liverpool 38 16 12 10 60 13
9 Stoke 38 14 9 15 51 -14
10 Chelsea 38 12 14 12 50 6
11 Everton 38 11 14 13 47 4
12 Swansea 38 12 11 15 47 -10
13 Watford 38 12 9 17 45 -10
14 WBA 38 10 13 15 43 -14
15 Crystal Palace 38 11 9 18 42 -12
16 AFC Bournemouth 38 11 9 18 42 -22
17 Sunderland 38 9 12 17 39 -14
R Newcastle 38 9 10 19 37 -21
R Norwich 38 9 7 22 34 -28
R Aston Villa 38 3 8 27 17 -49
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Liverpool Results (view all)

Liverpool Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.The Bagman3
2.BigRed831