By Amir Mir
Paul Merson has backed Liverpool to continue their title charge and beat Stoke 2-1 next Tuesday evening at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are six points off leaders Chelsea in the Premier League table, following their late 1-0 win against their Merseyside rivals Everton on Monday night.
They will now take on Mark Hughes’ Stoke City side, who blew a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 against champions Leicester at the weekend, despite the opposition being down to ten men.
Nonetheless, the Potters have picked up four points in their last three away games, losing 3-1 at Arsenal during their last away fixture.
Former Arsenal midfielder Merson provided his verdict on the game as he explained why the home team will pick up all three points.
“I like Stoke, they’re a decent team and they probably should have got something from the game at Arsenal last week,” Merson wrote in his Sky Sports column. “They were bang unlucky. They threw three points away against Leicester but I suspect them to give Liverpool a good game.
“Liverpool have bounced back from their draw to West Ham well though, they should be just too strong for the Potters.”
The last time Stoke visited Anfield, they were beaten 4-1 with striker Divock Origi netting a brace in April during the 2015/16 Premier League encounter.
Former Manchester United player Hughes has guided Stoke to five wins, six draws and six losses this season.
Additionally, his side have scored 19 goals in 17 league games, while the Reds are the highest goalscorers in the division with an impressive 41 goals.
Wales midfielder Joe Allen joined the Potters from Anfield in the summer for a fee of £13 million.
He has gone on to make an impressive start to his Stoke career, making 16 league appearances, scoring five goals and supplying three assists.
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