Match Previews: Stoke City v Liverpool

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Stoke want to recoup as much of the fee as possible for Imbula, who has not started a Premier League game for Mark Hughes since December, but could agree to sell for around £10million. But any decision on any player will not be made during the season.

"We had about three for us and nobody took the opportunity, so we're a little bit frustrated I have to say, I think they've maybe had three shots in the whole game and scored two goals, and that's a little bit of the story of our week really".

"Clearly they were always going to make a change at half-time and bring a couple of the more accomplished and more regular starters and as a effect they got the ascendancy of the game and were dominant for 10-15 minutes or so". We feel as though there is more to come from Gi from a footballing point of view and we'll try to get that out of him.

"And at times, when against the opposition, we could have gone with different combinations".

"We've just come through a hard period in terms of the fixtures, playing Man City, Chelsea, Leicester, Burnley away with their home record and Liverpool today, that's a tough run of fixtures".

And, with a more favourable run-in approaching, Hughes hopes his players will grasp the chance to bounce back, starting against Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool on Saturday. We played well first half, had some good opportunities.

"He is still getting up to speed, but these games are invaluable in terms of next year and understanding what we're about".

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