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Good evening, folks. Welcome along to our liveblog of today’s only fixture in the Premier League, which sees Liverpool host Stoke City at Anfield at 5.15pm.

We’ll keep you updated on events from Merseyside throughout the game. If you’d like to get involved, contact us on Twitter (@Football_ie and @The42_ie), via e-mail (pauldollery@the42.ie) or pass on your views in the comments section below.

Before we go any further, let’s take a look at how the two teams will line up.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Mane, Firmino, Origi. Subs: Karius, Sturridge, Moreno, Lucas, Can, Ejaria, Woodburn.

Stoke City: Grant; Johnson, Shawcross, M. Indi, Pieters; Diouf, Allen, Whelan, Imbula, Walters; Crouch. Subs: Given; Bony, Afellay, Adam, Shaqiri, Bojan, Ramadan.

What’s at stake in this one?

Well, following their away wins against Middlesbrough and Everton, another three points for Liverpool will send them back into second place ahead of Manchester City, who they play on New Year’s Eve.

If they avoid defeat, Stoke will move from 12th place into the top half of the table.

1Mins

It’s underway at Anfield.

3Mins

Allen, Crouch, Johnson. Three former Liverpool players in Stoke’s starting line-up tonight…

Liverpool v Stoke City - Premier League - Anfield Source: Martin Rickett

4Mins

After Stoke waste a free-kick in midfield, Mane’s cross from the right is just too long for Firmino.

5Mins

Liverpool win a corner. Milner takes it short before Henderson fires over from just outside the box.

7Mins

Good effort by Firmino is comfortably saved by Grant. All Liverpool so far.

10Mins

Milner darts into the box but Henderson’s chip over the top is a little too heavy.

11Mins

Good cross into the box by Walters but Mignolet claims it.

14Mins

Against the run of play Ireland’s Jonathan Walters puts Stoke ahead. Walters got his head on a Pieters cross from the left to beat Mignolet — who possibly should have done better — at the near post.

16Mins

Milner has a go from about 25 yards but it’s well off target.

18Mins

Great chance for Allen to score against his former club but Mignolet makes a vital save.

20Mins

Walters and Crouch starting to cause problems for a Liverpool defence that doesn’t look convincing.

24Mins

Good move between Mane and Lallana brings Liverpool a corner, before Crouch clears a Firmino effort off the line.

26Mins

Diouf hobbles off injured following a tackle on Mane but it looks like he’ll be able to continue.

27Mins

That man Jonathan Walters has made the difference so far…

Liverpool v Stoke City - Premier League - Anfield Source: Martin Rickett

28Mins

Stoke have really settled since scoring, with Joe Allen looking particularly impressive in the middle of the park.

30Mins

Pieters broke for an excellent opportunity there for Stoke but Clyne did brilliantly to prevent the opening.

31Mins

Origi heads down a cross from the left but there’s no Liverpool in the box to capitalise.

36Mins

Liverpool are back on level terms. Mane’s cross from the right came off Johnson but Lallana was on hand to hammer the ball home from a tricky angle.

37Mins

Allen booked for Stoke for a foul on Wijnaldum, before Firmino fires the ball just over the crossbar for Liverpool. The home side have got their tails up again.

39Mins

Milner’s cross from the left is claimed by Grant.

41Mins

Great run forward down the right from Mane but he inadvertently brings it over the by-line.

45Mins

Firmino given too much time inside the box after receiving a pass from Milner, before sending the ball home with his left foot off the base off the post.

45Mins

Mane almost doubles Liverpool’s advantage but his left-footed shot is dragged just wide.

45Mins

That was a very enjoyable first half. Back shortly for more.

46Mins

The action has resumed at Anfield.

48Mins

A paddy-cap-wearing Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is an interested spectator at Anfield ahead of his side’s clash with Liverpool on New Year’s Eve…

Liverpool v Stoke City - Premier League - Anfield Source: Martin Rickett

50Mins

Milner plays a nice one-two with Origi before blazing his shot wide.

55Mins

Stoke enjoying some good moments as they attack the Kop, as Liverpool clear a corner engineered by Joe Allen.

57Mins

Mane’s cross is half-cleared before Lallana’s shot is deflected out for a corner.

61Mins

Origi’s cross was about to be tucked away by Mane but Imbula ended up knocking it into his own next as he slid in to intervene.

66Mins

Milner crosses from the left, Clyne heads towards goal but it’s cleared off the line.

69Mins

Sturridge and Can are on for Liverpool in place of Origi and Lallana.

72Mins

Just seconds after he was introduced, Daniel Sturridge gets his first Premier League goal of the season and Liverpool’s 100th Premier League goal under Jurgen Klopp. The England striker capitalises on a sloppy back-pass from Shawcross, rounds goalkeeper Grant and tucks the ball home into an empty net.

Liverpool are letting loose now. If Stoke aren’t careful it could turn into a rout.

74Mins

Lovren tees up Firmino from just a few yards out but it rebounds off the striker and away from danger.

78Mins

Stoke substitute Afellay hits a cracker from just outside the box but it dips over the crossbar.

83Mins

Liverpool still pressing for a fifth as the game entering its closing stages. No sign whatsoever of a Stoke revival.

91Mins

Three additional minutes to be played in this one.

91Mins

Can’s cross from the left is just too high for Wijnaldum.

90Mins

Job done for Liverpool. They’re back into second place above Manchester City, who visit Anfield on Saturday.

Liverpool v Stoke City - Premier League - Anfield Source: Martin Rickett

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