Stoke boss tries to downplay Liverpool’s dodgy defence

Date published: Monday 27th November 2017 3:15

Stoke manager Mark Hughes insists that Liverpool are not as vulnerable defensively as reports would have you believe.

The Reds threw away a three-goal lead against Sevilla last week and conceded late against Chelsea to throw away two points on Saturday, but Hughes wants to downplay that vulnerability ahead of their clash on Wednesday.

He is also clearly worried about the form of Mo Salah, who has scored 15 goals in all competitions this season.

“We are facing a guy who’s probably in the best form of his Liverpool career, so that’s a little bit daunting from our point of view,” said Hughes.

“We can’t be overly concerned with one player though because they have match winners all over the pitch. We need to nullify them on Wednesday.

“People say Liverpool are OK going forward and every time you attack them they concede but that isn’t the case.

“They play with a high tempo and press, which is maybe why they sometimes get caught out.”

Stoke have won just one of their last six Premier League games but Hughes is not allowing that poor form to stand in the way of his dreams.

“I think we are very close to establishing ourselves in the top half of the league, where this team deserves to be. And once we get there, we will stay there.”

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