LIVERPOOL (Sporting Alert) — Liverpool and Stoke City kick off the 2013-14 English Premier League season at Anfield with both sides going into the game confident of getting the ball rolling with a win.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has handed Premier League debuts to summer signings Iago Aspas, Simon Mignolet and Kolo Toure, while Daniel Sturridge leads the attack.
Mignolet takes over the gloves from the departing Pepe Reina, who is on a season long loan with Serie A side Napoli this term.
Steven Gerrard, Lucas, Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Agger all start for Liverpool as well, with Luis Alberto, Joe Allen, Fabio Borini and Raheem Sterling amongst the substitutes.
Stoke in the meantime, will look to the likes of Asmir Begovic, Peter Crouch, Wilson Palacios and Jon Walters to provide the main punch for the visitors.
Liverpool v Stoke City
Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Toure, Agger, Jose Enrique, Gerrard, Lucas, Henderson, Aspas, Sturridge, Coutinho
Subs: Brad Jones, Alberto, Allen, Borini, Sterling, Wisdom, Ibe
Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Pieters, Whelan, Nzonzi, Palacios, Walters, Crouch, Etherington
Subs: Muniesa, Pennant, Jones, Wilson, Adam, Sorensen, Jerome
Referee: Martin Atkinson