Premier League: Liverpool v Stoke City match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at Anfield

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Liverpool and Stoke both head into their Premier League clash on Sunday with their tails up having finally recorded their first league wins last weekend.

Both sides got off to indifferent starts to the season with neither the Reds nor the Potters able to secure maximum points in any of their first five matches. Liverpool could only manage two draws in that period while Stoke were slightly more impressive with four stalemates to their credit before last weekend.

Both sides have in-form strikers with Luis Suarez notching a hat-trick last weekend whilst also scoring an exquisite free kick in the Europa League tie against Udinese. For Stoke, ex-Liverpool forward Peter Crouch has four goals to his name already this season with two coming last week against Swansea.


KICK-OFF: Sunday, 3pm



Liverpool 2 (Suarez, Downing) Stoke 1 (Crouch) FA Cup, March 2012

Liverpool 0 Stoke 0, Premier League, January 2012

Stoke 1 (Jones) Liverpool 2 (Suarez) League Cup, October 2011



Stoke City have never beaten Liverpool in a top-flight match in 49 attempts.

Liverpool will be looking for their first back-to-back league wins since December 2011 after last week's 5-2 victory over Norwich.

Brendan Rodgers' side have only won two of their 12 league games at Anfield in 2012, drawing four and losing six.



Liverpool to win: 1.47

Stoke to win: 7.25

Draw: 4.2


TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.25pm