This weekend in the Premier League, Anfield outfit Liverpool will face the first opponents they faced at the start of this season. Phillipe Coutinho’s goal was enough to seal the victory for Liverpool on the opening day of the competition and a lot has changed ever since for both clubs. Liverpool might not go all in for a victory in this game especially with the second leg of the Europe League tie against Dortmund scheduled just 3 days after this game.
However, there is not a game which Klopp does not like to win and we can expect fireworks even in this game that has all the makings of an end-of-the-season encounter.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp revealed that skipper Jordan Henderson is out injured for the rest of the season and the club will without his partner in midfield Emre Can who is suspended for two games after picking 10 yellows in the season. Lucas Leiva and Kevin Stewart are back in training and might make the bench in this game. No new injuries were reported by the manager as Liverpool look to do away with the game before welcoming Dortmund to Anfield.
Here is the predicted line-up Klopp might throw in on Sunday to face Stoke City:
The Belgian was strong and solid at the back against Dortmund and will be hoping to keep a clean sheet against the Potters this weekend.
Nathaniel Clyne has been busy all season and deserves to take a day off as he will be replaced by Jon Flanagan who did no harm to his reputation in his previous appearances.
Lovren was superb at the heart of the defense for Liverpool in Germany and will hope to continue his partnership with Sakho on Sunday.
Showing signs of coming back to form , the Frenchman is important for Liverpool’s defense from now on the end of the season.
Showed some class in the Dortmund game and will once again get a chance in the starting line-up against Stoke City.
Slotted in well into the midfield in place of Henderson in Germany and will have to start this game in the skipper’s absence on Sunday.
A workhorse in the middle, Milner will have more work to do as Liverpool’s first choice midfielders are absent for this game.
The England international has been in the sublime form of late and will want to get himself on the score-sheet against the Potters this weekend.
Coming back from injury, the Brazilian will get his first start in more than 3 weeks as his fellow teammate Coutinho might be rested for the Dortmund game.
Forgotten in the last few months, Ibe has been a revelation at Anfield last season and will not get too many chances to prove himself like he will on Sunday.
With a lot to prove after being dropped against Dortmund, Sturridge might just give it all in this game and will be hoping to give his team all three points on the night.