Eighth-place Liverpool (6-7-5) will look to climb upward in the Premier League standings when they take on Stoke City (5-10-3) at Britannia Stadium on Wednesday. While the Potters sport a flawless record at home, the Reds are coming of a 4-0 shutout against Fulham.
Former Stoke favorite Charlie Adam, who is now on the Liverpool side, still remains unavailable due to the passing of his father. Midfielder Joe Allen may also be out of action for the Reds because of a pelvic injury. Although he's come off the bench as of late, Raheem Sterling should more than certainly get the start for Liverpool on Wednesday.
Otherwise, skipper Brendan Rodgers has no new injury woes to deal with and is highly unlikely to make any further alterations to his lineup.
Liverpool's Luis Suarez, who is fourth in the Premier League with 11 goals, will likely serve as an interesting storyline in the game after Tony Pulis' diving attack against him in the 0-0 tie game in October's game. Nonetheless, he will have to get past a solid Stoke City defense that has only given up two goals in its last six games.
Interesting to note, Stoke has never been defeated in fifteen league games on its home turf, which is its best mark in the last 38 years of competition Former Anfield standout Michael Owen could very well make his first appearance for the club since October.
CLICK HERE to watch Liverpool face off against Stoke City via free live stream. Coverage of the Premier League matchup is set to begin at 7:45 p.m. GMT on Wednesday, Dec. 26. The probable lineups can be viewed below.
Stoke (4-4-1-1): Begovic; Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilkinson; Kightly, Whelan, N'Zonzi, Etherington; Walters, Crouch
Liverpool(4-2-3-1): Reina; Johnson, Agger, Skrtel; Enrique; Lucas, Henderson; Sterling, Gerrard, Downing; Suarez