Liverpool's Firmino and Mane to return

Mohamed Salah reacts after scoring against Chelsea last weekend

Mohamed Salah reacts after scoring against Chelsea last weekend

A shaky rearguard has also blighted Liverpool's campaign, throwing away the lead in those aforementioned draws with Sevilla and Chelsea.

Only Adam Bogan and Nathaniel Clyne are sidelined for this tie through injury.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is unfazed by the prospect of heading for a cold winter night in Stoke, as he called on the travelling support to provide his team with ammunition in the Premier League clash today. Jurgen Klopp will be able to welcome back Dejan Lovren and Emre Can back from injury, but it is unlikely that either of them will be thrust directly into first-team action. This will likely result in Daniel Sturridge and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain finding themselves on the bench again. In defence, Alberto Moreno, Ragnar Klavan, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez are expected to retain their places.

A Mohamed Salah brace and a Sadio Mane strike ensured the points returned to Merseyside with Liverpool as they made it eight wins from the past nine encounters with Stoke.

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Xherdan Shaqiri has played a part in each of his side's last 6 goals, assisting 4 and scoring 2.

The Stuttgart-native has been heavily criticised by fans and pundits alike this season, with growing numbers of Liverpool's loyal fanbase calling for Klopp to be relieved of his duties on Merseyside. But they do have the diminutive yet pacy winger Xherdan Shaqiri, who has played a role in six goals in his last six Premier League appearance (scoring twice and assisting four). So far, he's looked like an absolute bargain for the rumoured £42 million fee that the Reds acquired him for in the summer. But the man in form for the Reds has been Mohammed Salah.

Evidence of this came on Saturday against Chelsea, when Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane were hardly involved in a match that the Reds very almost won against the defending champs.

It seems they will now return to that starting line-up. "This time it will be dark and probably windy", the German said of the match scheduled to kick off at 8pm at the bet365 Stadium.

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