What to expect from the unpredictable?

Date: 17th August 2013 at 9:15 am
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LFC Stoke entertain Stoke City on Saturday as hosts the opening game of the 2013/2014 season with Brendan Rodgers in search of the perfect start to an imperative season for the club.

All previous Premier League fixtures against Stoke have come with an expectancy for aggression and a battle from the first whistle.

However, with former manager Tony Pulis having left in the summer, a change of style is expected of Stoke City with new manager the sort of boss who likes to see his teams play football on the deck.

He has used Stoke’s five pre-season friendlies in order to begin the process of implementing a brand new system and style at a club that has been so used to seeing their team play a certain way. Despite signs of a fresh change, the old habits are still evident. During five friendly matches, Stoke have conceded just two goals but have only managed to score four times – a statistic that suggests the Stoke we have all become accustomed to is the one that Liverpool will potentially come up against on Saturday.

Hughes has also only secured the signatures of two new signings this summer – Marc Muniesa (Barcelona) and Erik Pieters (PSV) – which suggests that the new style of play the manager will want his team to adjust to will take longer than anticipated, certainly not in time for Saturday’s Premier League opener.

For me, if Liverpool click like we know they can, the Reds should win comfortably. However, Liverpool fans more than anyone else know that what should happen and what does happen are two completely different issues.

In the absence of , so often the downfall of a tight defence similar to what the team will expect of Stoke, the likes of Philippe Coutinho and will have to step up to the plate in order to get the goals Liverpool will need to secure the win.

It is not expected that Rodgers will bring in any new players in time to feature against Stoke so the team, barring no late injuries, should be the one that most Liverpool fans will have managed to work out through the clubs recent pre-season fixtures.

Although not definite, a starting eleven of Simon Mignolet, , Kolo Toure, , , , , Lucas, Iago Aspas, Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho will be what the majority of Reds supporters will expect to see come 11.45am on Saturday morning.

It is essential that Liverpool, having been given a relatively painless start to the fixture list, begin the season with a bang and that would mean a comfortable victory over a Stoke side expected to flirt with the relegation zone this season.

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6 thoughts on “What to expect from the unpredictable?

  • Tommy
    8 months ago

    Should be a comfortable win . No problem

  • allaboutanfield
    8 months ago

    Well done lads . 3 points that was worth taking. Though a 2nd goal would have been great to kill Stoke . Overall the team played reasonably well .Too ad Coutinho did not get his name on the score sheet but he sure is everywhere . For me Stoke’s goalkeeper was the Man of the Match as he made real important saves. If without him we should have been at least 3 goals up . Keep up the good work team. YNWA .

  • Raam
    8 months ago

    First game of the season, First goal of the season,first penalty conceded,first penalty saved and first clean sheet. All the excitement expected and needed for a good game.. Most importantly, first three points. Well done LFC. Maintain the hunger and momentum.

  • Geoff
    8 months ago

    Good win but stoke are a poor team . We need to see how we do against a good team. Happy Allen was dropped , much better and more fluid team with hendo .

  • EF
    8 months ago

    Ed Ucatedfan

    Could have easily been 1-1 today if not for Mignolet who is a decent keeper. 1-1 of course would have been an disgrace so LFC had good fortune. Hardly a great start struggling to a poor team, thank goodness we didn’t have an big team to play today!

    This squad is miles away from winning anything this season and Villa will be a big challenge next.

  • allaboutanfield
    8 months ago

    Hopefully we can get another positive result for the next game @ Villa Park. If we can get good results without suarez it will be a slap in his face.


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