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Kuyt: Could move up front

Kuyt: Could move up front

Liverpool's club-record signing Andy Carroll is still recovering from a thigh injury and is not in contention.

The £35million deadline-day signing is likely to be out for the foreseeable future, with Newcastle manager Alan Pardew claiming on Tuesday he thought the player was "four to five weeks" away from fitness.

Liverpool are still awaiting international clearance and a work permit for their other big signing Luis Suarez, who completed a £22.8million deal from Ajax on Monday. If that comes through in time, the Uruguay international could possibly play a part.

With Fernando Torres having joined Chelsea, either Dirk Kuyt or David Ngog may be given the striker's role. Vice-captain Jamie Carragher is also in contention for a return to the squad having recovered from an operation on a shoulder he dislocated on November 28 in the defeat at Tottenham.

Stoke manager Tony Pulis has defensive worries.

Captain Ryan Shawcross is ruled out through suspension while Danny Higginbotham has a hamstring problem.

Full-back Andy Wilkinson has a back injury so Marc Wilson could come in, but Danny Collins is expected to return at left-back. Asmir Begovic could return in goal despite Thomas Sorensen impressing in the FA Cup win against Wolves.

Liverpool (from): Reina, Kelly, Skrtel, Agger, Johnson, Lucas, Gerrard, Kuyt, Meireles, Rodriguez, Ngog, Gulacsi, Carragher, Aurelio, Poulsen, Shelvey, Cole, Suarez, Pacheco.

Stoke (from): Begovic, Huth, Wilson, Delap, Etherington, Whitehead, Jones, Sorensen, Faye, Collins, Pugh, Whelan, Pennant, Walters, Carew, Fuller.

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Premier League Fixtures

Monday, 21 April 2014
20:00
Man City v West Brom
Saturday, 26 April 2014
12:45
Southampton v Everton  
15:00
Fulham v Hull City  
Stoke City v Tottenham  
Swansea v A Villa  
West Brom v West Ham  
17:30
Man Utd v Norwich  
Sunday, 27 April 2014
12:00
Sunderland v Cardiff  
14:05
Liverpool v Chelsea  
16:10
C Palace v Man City  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Liverpool 35 52 80
2 Chelsea 35 41 75
3 Man City 33 54 71
4 Arsenal 35 21 70
5 Everton 35 23 69
6 Tottenham 35 2 63
7 Man Utd 34 16 57
8 Southampton 35 5 49
9 Newcastle 35 -15 46
10 Stoke City 35 -10 44
11 C Palace 35 -13 43
12 West Ham 35 -10 37
13 Swansea 35 -4 36
14 Hull City 34 -9 36
15 A Villa 34 -14 35
16 West Brom 33 -11 33
17 Norwich 35 -28 32
18 Cardiff 35 -34 30
19 Fulham 35 -42 30
20 Sunderland 34 -24 29

Updated Sun, 20 Apr 2014

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