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Liverpool forward Luis Suarez celebrates with teammate Glen Johnson after scoring against Hull, January 1. Reuters

Liverpool will look to breach the Stoke City fort when the two sides meet in the English Premier League on Sunday.

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The Reds find themselves out of the top four, and down to sixth place, after the round of fixtures on Saturday, and Brendan Rodgers will want his side to come away from the Britannia with nothing short of three points.

"It's a difficult place to get a result and Liverpool's record there hasn't been so good," Rodgers said. "We weren't very good there last year [a 3-1 loss], it's as simple as that.

"Our performance level didn't merit a result. Even on the best of days, it's a tough place to go and their record this year has proven that as well - they've only lost once. If it's a blustery day there, it can be difficult to play your football, but for us we go with real strong intentions to get a result.

"Mark [Hughes] has gone in after the outstanding job that Tony Pulis did and his teams are always built around good organisation, honesty and they look to play with verve in their football and look to attack.

"That's what he's tried to implement in his team and you can see that in how they've been working.

"We know it's going to be a tough game for us. We respect them - they've still got a lot of the players there who played under Tony. What we knew then, we know now - they're very resolute and strong and very committed.

"Align that with the supporters, it's a difficult place to go and get a result. But we'll be prepared and ready for that."

Stoke have ben decent this season, and lie 12th on 22 points, and Hughes will be keen to keep his side well clear of the relegation zone, with points at home, even against the stronger sides, essential for that cause.

"We can take encouragement from the results against Everton and Chelsea earlier in the season because we know we can go up against the best teams in the country and get positive results," Hughes said.

"If you are going to have a good season in the Premier League then your home form has to be good and ours has been thankfully and we want that to continue in the second half of the season.

"It's up to everyone to play to their maximum. We can't carry anybody because when we do have players who don't hit the top of their ability that is when we find it difficult to win games.

"However, more often than not, everyone has played really well and as a consequence we have got positive results at home."

Team news: Stoke: Oussama Assaidi is ineligible to feature against his parent club, with Asmir Begovic and Andy Wilkinson ruled out. Robert Huth is close to a return, with Ryan Shawcross, Thomas Sorensen, Peter Crouch and Jonathan Walters all doubts through injury.

Jack Butland could be in line for his first Premier League start, if Sorensen indeed fails to prove his fitness.

Liverpool: Daniel Sturridge could make a comeback from injury, with Rodgers set to take a decision late on the striker's availability. "We'll see over the next 24 hours," Rodgers said on Friday. "He has made a terrific impact since he came in here, he has been outstanding. We're working hard with him and his talent to try to really allow that to flourish.

"Over the last four to five weeks it has obviously been difficult for us with injuries and the fitness of the squad. But just seeing him on the training field in the last couple of days has been really good - someone of that stature and quality out there. To have that back in your group again gives you great firepower."

Jose Enrique, Daniel Agger and Jon Flanagan are still sidelined, but Mamadou Sakho will be available after returning to training.

Expected lineups: Stoke: Butland; Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters; Nzonzi, Whelan; Etherington, Ireland, Arnautovic; Crouch.

Liverpool: Mignolet; Johnson, Skrtel, Sakho; Cissokho; Gerrard, Lucas; Sterling, Henderson, Coutinho; Suarez.

Prediction: 2-1 to Liverpool

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