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Liverpool Statto

Midfielder Charlie Adam

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10:00 16th August 2013

A series of statistics ahead of Saturday's season opener...

IMPRESS your friends and family with all of these pre-match facts and stats...

THWARTED: Stoke have yet to score a Premier League goal against Liverpool at Anfield since winning promotion in 2008. Despite that stat however, the Potters have lost just two of their five clashes there, drawing the other three 0-0.

HEAD-TO-HEAD: In fact, Stoke possess a better Premier League head-to-head record having taken 14 points from the ten meetings, three more than Liverpool, who have picked up just 11.

UNBEATEN: Mark Hughes’ side go into Saturday’s game unbeaten in four games against the Reds. Victories were secured at the Britannia Stadium in 2011/12 and 2012/13, whilst goalless draws were played out in the previous two Anfield encounters.

OPENING DAY BLUES: Between the two sides, only one victory has been secured in the last nine opening day fixtures. Stoke have won just one of their five top-flight openers, against Burnley in 2009/10, whilst Liverpool haven’t won any of their previous four.

SUAREZ: Luis Suarez remains suspended on Saturday, however, of the five games that the Uruguayan ace missed at the end of last season, Liverpool won four and drew one.

DEBUTANTS: There could be as many as six debutants on show at Anfield. Erik Pieters and Marc Muniesa are the new arrivals at the Britannia Stadium, whilst Brendan Rodgers has swooped to sign Simon Mignolet, Kolo Toure, Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas this summer.

HOLDUP: Stoke were involved in seven of the ten shortest matches in the Premier League last season, based on the amount of time that the ball was deemed to have been in play. 

IRONIC: Mark Hughes takes charge of the Potters for the first time in a competitive game on Saturday, gunning for his first victory. Ironically, his last top-flight success came against Stoke, with Djibril Cisse proving to be the match winner for QPR at Loftus Road.

RETURN: Up to three former Liverpool players could be in line for an Anfield return on Saturday. Peter Crouch, Charlie Adam and Jermaine Pennant have all donned the Reds shirt earlier in their career, prior to moves to the Britannia Stadium.

WAYWARD: In 2012/13 Liverpool managed more shots than any other Premier League team (528); although 296 of them failed to hit the target.

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