Throughout this season Liverpool have repeatedly failed to follow up impressive wins against top 4 rivals with 3 points against the Premier League’s smaller sides, and this trend continued in midweek. Fresh from an excellent 3-1 derby win against Everton, Jürgen Klopp’s side allowed Bournemouth to escape Anfield with a well-deserved point on Wednesday night.
The Reds will be keen to get back to winning ways against Stoke on Saturday, and will be confident of doing so given that they have come out 4-1 winners on each of their last 2 meetings.
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Our Ultimate Form Guide (above) suggests that the Reds have a good chance of coming out on top, but it could well be a tight affair. Across 15 key statistical areas, Liverpool lead their hosts in 8 to Stoke’s 6.
In attack, Liverpool are performing significantly better with 1.0 goals per game more on average. They’re getting more shots off per game than Stoke, and currently require half as many to find the back of the net.
In defense Stoke are performing slightly better, and are conceding from just 10% of shots on their goal. Liverpool’s conversion rate against of 20% should be an area of concern for Klopp.
Still, Liverpool look like strong favourites to take the match. Stoke have lost each of their last 3 games and with the Reds still very much fighting for a top 4 spot, the smart money is undoubtedly on them to take all 3 points.
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