IF Liverpool’s match tonight provides one tenth of the excitement as Saturday’s we’re in for a treat.
Jurgen Klopp’s Anfield reign reached new levels of anxiety and entertainment as they won a rollercoaster affair 5-4 at Norwich.
A 95th-minute winner by Adam Lallana sparked scenes of celebration that will be difficult to match even if they reach the Capital One Cup Final.
Liverpool are in pole position after a first-leg 1-0 in at Stoke but cautious Klopp knows his dodgy defence will give the visitors chances.
To win the Reds are 4-5 with William Hill and Betfred but don’t need to. Stoke are 17-4 at McBookie but have lost five of their last six meetings – four of them 1-0 – and have a rubbish record at Anfield.
Stoke will be buoyed by the fact Klopp’s only clean sheet in eight was against Exeter in the FA Cup and they are 4-6 with Coral to score against a defence still missing Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren.
Mark Hughes welcomes back Marko Arnautovic who missed the 3-0 defeat at Leicester and his presence will be crucial. Stoke must net and although I’m backing Liverpool to qualify I like the chance of both to score at 11-10 with Paddy Power.
Roberto Firmino has bagged four in three games and the Brazilian is 7-4 at bet365 to add to his tally.
Both to score
(11-10, Paddy Power)