It’s safe to say that Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern are optimistic of their Champions League qualification for next season.
And why shouldn’t they be? Jurgen Klopp’s men have shown a good turn in form and with the teams around them, including rivals Manchester United, needing to catch up with their fixtures – our landlord sees no reasons to as why the Reds will mess up their position from here.
However saying this, the knee injury sustained by Sadio Mane in the Merseyside derby is still of concern and Liverpool fans are worried about a lack of replacement for the Senegalese international which is something they suffered from earlier in 2017 when Mane was at the AFCON.
With that said, Liverpool should have the march on Stoke following their meeting earlier in the season at Anfield. The Reds came back from a Jonathan Walters goal to smash 4 goals past the Potters. Adam Lallana, Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge were all on the score-sheet that day along with an own goal and Jurgen Klopp will be confident his side can pick up all 3 points in the reverse fixture.
As always, our landlord has been looking over the starting XI of both teams and here is who he thinks will take the field for the Redmen…