When Liverpool meet Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday, they will be looking to continue their impressive season-opening form. The Reds have taken seven points in their first three games and have looked dangerous in attack and strong in defense.
That said, they are not at the top of the league. They lie in third, in fact, two places off where they want to be. There is only one way to get there, and that is to win every game possible and watch the ones ahead buckle under the pressure.
That is why Liverpool must beat Stoke City.
The term "must win" is a bad one, because at Liverpool's level, every time you fail to take three points it could cost you. Liverpool have already lost two points too many.
This is a free, fool-proof method for Kenny Dalglish and his staff to use to guarantee victory against Stoke at the Britannia.