Brendan Rodgers has spoken at length about getting redemption at the Britannia Stadium for the way last season ended, and he’ll get a chance to do that as Liverpool visits Stoke City at 11 a.m. ET live on NBCSN or live online at NBC Sports Live Extra.
The Reds found themselves 6-1 losers there to end last season, a fitting way to end a year He’ll have to do so with four players on competitive debut and other important personnel missing as the Reds look to make a return to the Champions League after a big summer spending spree.
Christian Benteke, Nathaniel Clyne, and Joe Gomez all make their first starts for the club while big money signing Roberto Firmino is on the bench, but Joe Allen and Jon Flanagan miss out thanks to injury. The big absence from last season is Raheem Sterling, who made his way to Manchester City.
For Stoke City, Marko Arnautovic, Ryan Shawcross, and Marc Wilson are both missing thanks to injuries, but electric attacker Bojan is healthy and ready to start a new season for the Potters. Peter Crouch is on the bench for Stoke, while American international Geoff Cameron starts along the back line.
The Potters also have plenty of changes to their squad, as Glen Johnson starts after moving from Liverpool on a free, and former Barcelona winger Ibrahim Afellay also gets his first start for the club.
Stoke City: Butland; Johnson, Cameron, Muniesa, Pieters; Whelan, Adam; Walters, van Ginkel, Afellay; Diouf.
Subs: Given, Ireland, Odemwingie, Joselu, Sidwell, Crouch, Wollscheid.
Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Skrtel, Lovren, Gomez, Henderson, Milner, Lallana, Ibe, Coutinho, Benteke.
Subs: Bogdan, Toure, Firmino, Moreno, Can, Origi, Ings.