Stoke v Liverpool preview

Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross is back in contention after serving a

one-game suspension against Birmingham following his red card at

Sunderland. He is likely to return to the back four and another

change could see Tuncay, who was rested on Tuesday, return in place

of Ricardo Fuller. The Jamaican has only recently returned from a

shoulder injury and Tony Pulis has hinted he will not be fit enough

for a second game in five days. The Potters have no other major

injury concerns ahead of the game at the Britannia Stadium.

Liverpool boss Roy Hodsgon is likely to have a number of stars

available again but Joe Cole and Glen Johnson have both been ruled

out of the game. Cole has missed the last three matches with a

hamstring problem while Johnson has been sidelined for two games

with a groin injury. However, centre-back Sotirios Kyrgiakos is set

to return after missing matches against Chelsea and Wigan with

tonsillitis while goalkeeper Brad Jones (shoulder) is fit to take

his place on the bench. Midfielder Raul Meireles will be assessed

after being forced off at half-time with sickness against Wigan in

midweek. Stoke (from): Begovic, Sorensen, Nash, Huth, Faye,

Shawcross, Collins, Higginbotham, Wilkinson, Wilson, Diao, Delap,

Whitehead, Whelan, Etherington, Pennant, Walters, Gudjohnsen,

Fuller, Jones, Tuncay. Liverpool (from): Reina, Carragher,

Kyrgiakos, Skrtel, Konchesky, Lucas, Gerrard, Meireles, Kuyt,

Rodriguez, Torres, Jones, Aurelio, Kelly, Poulsen, Spearing,

Shelvey, Jovanovic, Ngog.