Date: 10th April 2016 at 8:06am
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Liverpool host Stoke City this weekend in a mid-table clash with both sides’ European ambitions relying on fine runs of form between now and end of the season.

The Reds are currently one place behind their opponents from the Potteries this weekend, but have two games in hand.

In all truth, Jurgen Klopp could well choose to concentrate more on the second leg of their European fixture with Dortmund next week after they picked up a 1-1 draw away in Germany.

Winning the Europa League is probably the Merseyside outfit’s main focus this term now and if they can overcome Klopp’s former side, they will reach the semi-final stage and stand a very good chance of doing just that.

On Sunday, they face a Stoke side who have seemingly overcome their recent dip in form and will be prepared for an intense game at Anfield.

Mark Hughes will hope his forward line can re-find their scintillating form which impressed so many at the start of the campaign.

After losing a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Swansea at the Britannia Stadium last time out, the Potters will be keen to have a good run of results in the closing sequence of games to prepare for next season.

They may be able to capitalise on weary legs too after Liverpool played on Thursday night.

Team News:

Club captain Jordan Henderson was substituted at half-time on Thursday and is set to be out for six to eight weeks, while Klopp is monitoring Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke ahead of this weekend’s clash.

Danny Ings (knee) and Joe Gomez (knee) remain long-term absentees for the hosts.

The visitors’ preparations have been boosted this week with the return to training of Ryan Shawcross and Xherdan Shaqiri.

Midfielder Glenn Whelan is considered a doubt for this game but Jack Butland, Marc Wilson, John Walters and Glen Johnson are all definitely through injury.

League Positions: Liverpool – 9th (45 pts); Stoke – 8th (47 pts)
Previous Meeting: Liverpool 0-1 Stoke (League Cup – January 26, 2016)
Form:
Liverpool – DWWWLD; Stoke – WWDLWD
Key Men: Stoke – Marko Arnautovic; Liverpool – Philippe Coutinho
Shoot Says: Liverpool 2-1 Stoke

 
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