Preview: Liverpool vs. Stoke City

Raheem Sterling
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Sports Mole previews Liverpool's match with Stoke City at Anfield, where the hosts go in search of their first home win of the Premier League season.

Brendan Rodgers is likely to stick with the youthful side that earned Liverpool their first Premier League win last weekend when they host Stoke City on Sunday.

After making eight changes for midweek Europa League duty, Rodgers could revert to the starting XI that thrashed Norwich City 5-2 at Carrow Road.

Teenage trio Raheem Sterling, Andre Wisdom and Suso are expected to retain their places after impressing despite Liverpool's early-season struggles.

Pepe Reina, Glen Johnson and Joe Allen may be the only survivors from the Reds' loss to Udinese on Thursday, with star names Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez certain to return.

Jose Enrique, Martin Kelly and Lucas Leiva are still sidelined for Liverpool, who are without an Anfield win so far this Premier League season.

Charlie Adam will face the club he left to join Stoke this summer, while striker Peter Crouch is another Potters player who will line up against his former employers.

American Geoff Cameron should continue to deputise for the suspended Andy Wilkinson at right-back, while captain Ryan Shawcross will play for the first time since his England call-up.

Recent form:

Liverpool: WLDLD
Stoke: WLDDD

Possible lineups:

Liverpool: Reina; Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Wisdom; Sahin, Allen, Gerrard; Sterling, Suarez, Suso

Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson; Walters, Whelan, Nzonzi, Adam, Kightly; Crouch

Sports Mole says: 2-1

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