Premier League Preview: Liverpool vs. Stoke City

Updated: July 31, 2013
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After emerging winners in their respective tournaments, Liverpool and Stoke City will have their reunion in the former’s home court at Anfield to battle out for the Premier League trophy on August 17.
In their recent match against Dallas, Mark Hughes’ newly managed team scored a win over their opponents after obtaining a windfall in the 82nd minute when they missed a penalty and saw defender Andy Wilkinson make a send-off. This was in part a compensatory response to Cameron Jerome’s possible suspension after he took a foul inside the Dallas area. But back to the spectacle in the pitch, Stoke’s neat management of their ball was vividly illustrated by their 25th minute breakthrough, wherein Kenwyne Jones and Erik Pieters jointly helped Jonathan Walters prepare some 12 yards from the goal. The match eventually finished in a 0-1 tally, in favor of The Potters.
Liverpool, meanwhile, have so far been successful in pre-season matches—capped by their triumph over Melbourne 2-0 for a Club Friendly. Thanks largely to the goals of Steven Gerrard and newly signed Iago Aspas, The Reds created a new dimension in their record. While Gerrard is proficient in maximizing the tight space offered by his front men, Aspas is able to deliver clever scores that other players in his side can use as a gauge to work on their wits even better.
Stoke City and Liverpool last fought in the Premier League last December, with the former concluding the game in a victorious 3-1 score. One match backwards, however, the teams were decided on a draw. One previous match further, Liverpool figured with the more triumphant goals. Hence, their upcoming match is slated to post a close competition and may possibly end in a draw. But because Liverpool has shown much more consistent performances in their latest tournaments, they would likely be the better option to pick if it would be necessary to announce a winner between the two.

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