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Matchday: Liverpool v. Stoke City


Kickoff from Anfield at 20:00 GMT and 3:00 EST.

Ways to Watch:

Match live on Fox Soccer Channel in the US and Fox Sports 2 in Australia.

Fox Sports EPL On Demand (Australia Only, Subscription Needed)


Kelly Kyrgiakos Skrtel Agger Johnson
Gerrard Lucas Aurelio

Bench: Gulacsi, Carragher, Poulsen, Shelvey, Suarez, Maxi, Ngog

Well this is all a bit strange. New boy Luis Suarez makes the squad and takes a place on the bench, which was largely expected, but outside of that things are a bit odd. Looks like a three-man back line of Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Martin Skrtel, and Daniel Agger with Martin Kelly and Glen Johnson as wing backs, Lucas, Steven Gerrard, Fabio Aurelio in the midfield, and Raul Meireles in support of Dirk Kuyt up top. I don't want to say I was wrong, but yeah, I was really fucking wrong. Interesting to see how this plays out to say the least.

Stoke City:

Wilkinson Faye Huth Higginbotham
Pennant Wilson Diao Whitehead Walters

Bench: Sorensen, Collins, Whelan, Jones, Fuller, Delap, Etherington

In the run-up:

Okay, okay, turns out Luis Suarez got his international clearance and will be in the squad for the match tonight. In fairness, there was little doubt that if he got the clearance he'd be in the squad and potentially the starting eleven, but things like policies and rules always scare me. It's great news, though, and hopefully he's got a part to play. There's always the danger of trying to do too much or push too hard the first time out, but that's going to be the case with any new signing. Plus, people trying too hard isn't necessarily something any of us are going to complain about.

Other than that, it's a fantastically silent build-up to today's match. A few mumblings and grumblings about Andy Carroll's agent lawsuit thingy along with a Kevin Nolan testimonial, but otherwise a silent (and in my case, snowy) morning.

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