After dropping 4 points in two games, Liverpool have bounced back with two straight wins in their last two games. They will be looking to continue their positive run of form when they host Stoke City at Anfield in the 18th round of the Premier League.
The hosts have been very strong in the final third of the pitch against all their opponents since the start of the season. Liverpool have managed to get 10 points from a possible 15 in their last 5 league games. Their last game was against Everton away from home where the Reds managed to finish the Merseyside derby with a 1-0 victory.
Liverpool are second in the league table behind Chelsea. They have 37 points from 11 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses. They have scored 41 goals, more than any team so far this season, and conceded 20 since the start of the campaign.
An ankle injury kept Matip out of Liverpool’s win over Everton and the defender may not recover in time for the reception of Stoke on Boxing Day. Ragnar Klavan impressed in his absence and will be ready to deputise again if needed.
The visitors are without a win in their last 3 league games. Stoke have drawn their last two games in the Premier League after losing to Arsenal at the Emirates. The team have collected 8 points from a possible 15 in their last 5 league games. Their last game was against Leicester City at home in a game that finished 2-2.
Stoke are sitting in 12th place in the league table with 21 points from 5 wins, 6 draws and 6 losses. They have scored 19 goals and conceded 24 since the start of the season.
Xherdan Shaqiri was dropped to the bench in Stoke’s 2-2 draw against Leicester last time out and will be pushing for a return to the starting XI here. Bojan capped his first start in nearly a month with a goal in that game and will be hoping to retain his spot on Boxing Day.
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