Stoke will go to Liverpool frustrated from their last showing against Burnley but buoyed by the knowledge they have played far better away from home and against the so-called bigger sides of the league this season.
Wins over Manchester City and Tottenham will give the Potters hope that they can repeat the same feat against a Liverpool side struggling to come to terms with the loss of Luis Suarez to Barcelona and Daniel Sturridge to yet another injury.
Stoke have suffered their own losses in that...
Nigeria forward Victor Moses is unlikely to play again this year after hurting his thigh while playing for Stoke City in the Premier League.
Moses, who is on loan at the Britannia Stadium from Chelsea, is facing "at least six weeks on the sidelines" after picking up the injury in the 2-1 loss to Burnley on Saturday, according to the club's official website.
"He has a significant thigh injury which is likely to keep him out for several weeks," assistant manager Mark Bowen added.
Nigeria missed out...
It would appear that the once-famous fortress Britannia is crumbling, with Burnley the latest team to leave the Potteries with all three points following their battling 2-1 win over a Stoke side that threw the tie away with 15 minutes of shocking defending.
Having handed the initiative to the visitors, the Potters simply left themselves with too much to do. Despite dominating the remainder of the game, they could not make their possession or territorial dominance count.
Ironically, Burnley put in...