Cameron plots Liverpool upset
Geoff Cameron hopes to upset mates back home this weekend by helping Stoke win at Anfield for the first time in over half a century.
United States international Cameron is from Massachusetts and has friends in Boston, the home of the Fenway Sports Group, owners of both Liverpool and the Boston Red Sox baseball team.
The 27-year-old has seen interest in Liverpool grow in his native country because of the John W Henry connection but will be aiming to cause disappoint in New England when the teams meet on Sunday.
"Most of the Liverpool games are shown in Boston these days, so I am sure a bunch of my buddies will be watching," he said. "Being from Boston, I have some affiliation with them but I don't care about that. My focus is here."
Cameron was picked up for £1.6 million from Houston Dynamo in the summer and might have headed for Merseyside instead. Everton were also reported to be interested in signing him before Stoke saw a deal through.
He admits to being surprised how many matches he has already played for his new club - the latest two of them as a stand-in right-back for the suspended Andy Wilkinson.
Central midfield, where he had previously been used by Tony Pulis, or central defence are more familiar roles to him and he fits the Britannia Stadium mould nicely - he's 6ft 3in and can deliver a mean long throw.
"I have just been thrown into it and I'm trying to adjust the best I can," he added. "I think I'm getting better and better. Sometimes things are a little faster but you have to get used to it."
Having recorded their first league win of the season last weekend when they beat Brendan Rodgers' former club Swansea, Stoke now face the Ulsterman's current club, who themselves have just picked up three points for the first time in 2012-13.
"I think it was a big win for us," Cameron said. "Obviously we played some tough teams before, so to finally get the three points is a big step and it gives us some momentum.
"They won, too (at Norwich), so we have both got some momentum. I think we frustrated Swansea. We can't expect Liverpool to be exactly the same but there are definite similarities. We have to go there with the frame of mind that we can beat them. Every team are beatable."
History is against Stoke. Their last win at Anfield in any competition was a 4-3 Second Division success in 1958-59.