Stoke v Liverpool preview

Eighth meets ninth in the final Premier League game on Boxing

day as Liverpool travel to Stoke.

Charlie Adam could miss out against his former side after being

granted compassionate leave following the death of his father last

week.

Ryan Shotton started in midfield against Spurs after returning

from suspension and he is expected to start again.

Tony Pulis is not expected to make too many changes to his side

as they aims to keep their good run of form going.

Peter Crouch is likely to have content himself with a place on

the bench against his former club, while the best former Reds man

Michael Owen can hope for is a subtitute’s role as he works his way

back to fitness after injury.

Raheeem Sterling and Joe Allen should both return to the

starting line-up after being rested to the bench for the win over

Fulham.

Suso is likely to make way for Sterling, while Allen could

replace Jonjo Shelvey for Rodgers’ side

Stewart Downing will be hoping to keep his place in the starting

XI after his impressive performance against Fulham when he finally

managed to score his first goal for Liverpool.