Liverpool return to the disaster scene known as the Britannia Stadium on Sunday, with host Stoke seeking a repeat of a 6-1 win in Steven Gerrard’s final match for the Reds. The same referee will be in charge of the fixture; will the outcome be the same?
Liverpool had won the three previous meetings between the clubs, and reloaded in the summer in an attempt to bolster the club. Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino were purchased for a combined $94 million to try to improve an attack that scored just 52 Premier League goals in 38 matches last season after scoring 101 the year before.
Stoke, which finished ninth for a second straight season, is 10/1 to finish in the top six this term. There may be a huge void in the center of defense to start the seas as Ryan Shawcross has a back injury that’s stunted his preseason.
Joe Allen is the lone injury concern for Liverpool ahead of the match; the 25-year-old is set the miss the fixture with a hamstring injury.
Here’s what you need to know about the match:
English Premier League Week 1
Sunday, August 9
Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent
11 a.m. Eastern time; 4 p.m. UK time
NBCSN (US) /Sky Sports 1 (UK): (International viewers, click here for your local provider)
Stoke 12/5, Liverpool 6/5, Draw 6/5
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