Liverpool v Stoke City Match Preview
Liverpool Kik-Off at 23:15 GMT Stoke City
Jonel Matip (ankle) will have a test see if he can return for Liverpool. Philippe Coutinho (ankle) ahs yet to come back to traning and Juraen is cautious about him facinq Manchester City on 31 December.
Ibrahim Afellay is available again for Stoke City after a serious knee injury that has kept him out since April. Marko Arnautovic is suspened but midfielders phil Bardsley (knee) and Stephen lreland (calf), defender Geoff Cameron (knee) and goalkeeper Jack Butland (ankle) remain a few weeks away.
Did you know?
Liverpool have won five of their last six Premier League matches against Stoke, losing the other 6-1 in May 2015.
The Reds are unbeaten in 15 premier League home matches (W9 D6 LO) the longest current unbeaten run in the competition.
Joe Allen has scored five Goals in 16 Premier League appearances for Stoke City this season; one more that he scored in his entire Liverpool career in the competition for goals in 91 matches.
Mark Hughes has never won a Premier League match as a manager at Anfield (WO D4 L6)
What the managers say
It needs to be really difficult to play LFC at Anfield and I think’s the job we did now. But not all of these games were close to perfect or something, there’s a lost to do.
Jurgen has given them a belief that can take that final step and really challenge for title. They appear to be a positive again, and Jurgen is a big part of that.