Stoke City and Liverpool are playing on Sunday in a rematch of their early season game. It resulted in a draw and Stoke City manager Mark Hughes said he knew Liverpool would have a good season.
“My memory of the Liverpool game is that we acquitted ourselves really well and made a good impression, but it’s fair to say at the time we recognized Liverpool were going to have a really good season,” he said, via Sky Sports. “We were very much in that game and had an opportunity to take something out of the game, but unfortunately Jon missed the penalty. We discussed it immediately after the game and everyone – players and staff – thought Liverpool looked in really good nick.
“They were always likely to have a good season by virtue of their movement and their technical ability. So the progress they have made really hasn’t surprised anybody here because we saw the evidence in the first game of the season.”
Hughes maintains that his team isn’t phased though.
“But we’ve shown we have the capability of matching the top teams in the league, which Liverpool undoubtedly are this year. We’ve beaten Chelsea and had good draws versus Manchester City and Everton. We’re not fazed going up against the top sides in the division, we’re in good form ourselves and we look forward to it.”
Date: January 12
Start Time: 11:10 a.m. ET
Location: Stoke-on-Trent, England
Stadium: Britannia Stadium
TV Info: NBC Sports Network, Mun 2
Radio Info: Sirius XM FC
Online Radio Stream: Talk Sport Radio
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
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