Liverpool will kick-start the 2015/2016 season at the venue of their heaviest defeat of last campaign, the Britannia stadium, home of Stoke City.
The Potters hammered the Reds 6-1 in a stunning final game of the season but this round a very different Liverpool team will arrive.
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Just like they did last summer, Liverpool have added a large number of signings to their squad, however unlike this time 12 months ago, experience and quality have been added as opposed to young potential stars with sell on value.
Christian Benteke, Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner are all seen as improvements of Mario Balotelli, Glen Johnson and based on last season’s form, Steven Gerrard. The three are set to make their competitive debuts for the club on Sunday.
Another summer signing tipped to start is Joe Gomez, the young 18 year old signed from Charlton. Expected to be loaned out or form part of the academy, Gomez has shown enough maturity to grab the left back spot ahead of Alberto Moreno.
Roberto Firmino, a £29 million summer signing from Hoffenheim is also expected to make debut although he may have to so from the bench with young Jordan Ibe, one of Liverpool’s star performers in the build-up expected to get his chance.
As they were for much of last season, Liverpool will be without Daniel Sturridge and Jon Flanagan, although the pair are moving closer to first team returns.
Stoke for their part have also strengthened over the summer with Johnson arriving from Liverpool and the much-talented Ibrahim Afellay joining on a free from Barcelona.
It is a sign of that work being done by Mark Hughes that the Potters will have more Champions league winners in their squad than most of those in the top 4.
Loan signing Marco Van Ginkel is expected to start in the middle of the field while Joselu, a £5.8 million signing from Hannover, could also get a run out.
The departure of Steven N’Zonzi and Asmir Begovic will leave a gab in the squad while the absence of the injured Ryan Shawcross is a major loss.