Liverpool vs. Stoke City: EPL Preview, Team News, Projected Starting XIs

Mikhail Turner@MikhailTurnerContributor IIIOctober 4, 2012

NORWICH, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29:   Luis Suarez of Liverpool runs with the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on September 29, 2012 in Norwich, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
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Liverpool hosts Stoke City this Sunday at Anfield and will be looking to kick its Premier League campaign into gear.

The Reds picked up their first win of the season with a 5-2 result away at Norwich and finally showcased the attacking prowess the players in the squad are capable of (via LiverpoolFC.com).

Stoke also picked up a much needed first win at home against Swansea with Peter Crouch bagging a brace (via ESPN Soccernet).

The Potters will provide a tough challenge for Liverpool, having lost only once so far, and will look to make the most of any tired legs after the team's Europa League game against Udinese. That is, of course, if Brendan Rodgers doesn't rest a number of starters.

Stoke currently sits 12th in the league with Liverpool two spots behind at 14th and this should be an intriguing battle between two very different styles.

Here's the team news and projected lineups for this game.

Liverpool Team News

According to PhysioRoom.com, Liverpool will be hoping that both Joe Cole and Jose Enrique can reach full fitness for Sunday's match but Martin Kelly and Lucas Leiva are still long-term absences.

Luis Suarez has started to find his form and scored a hat-trick against Norwich, and loan-signing Nuri Sahin has also started to look better.

One worry for Brendan Rodgers is the team's inability to keep a clean sheet in the Premier League and that is something he will certainly be looking for this weekend.

Projected Starting XI (4-3-3)

Reina

Wisdom—Skrtel—Agger—Johnson

Gerrard—Allen—Sahin

Borini—Suarez—Sterling

Stoke City Team News

Stoke City has no real injuries to speak of, so Tony Pulis should have no problem picking the right squad for this game.

One of the players in contention is former Liverpool man Charlie Adam, who will have something to prove as he faces his old side.

Stoke's lack of potency in front of goal continues with only six goals in five games. It has also conceded five goals.

Projected Starting XI (4-4-1-1)

Begovic

Wilkinson—Shawcross—Huth—Wilson

Whelan—N'Zonzi—Cameron—Kightly

Walters

Crouch

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