Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel is gearing himself up for the physical test which comes with a trip to Stoke.
The Potters’ tactics are not universally accepted by everyone in the Barclays Premier League and the Reds centre-back feels they sometimes take things too far.
“The game against Stoke is not about the football it is about the fight and the tackles,” said the Slovakia international.
“The fighting in the box at throws, corners and free-kicks was always part of the game but it can be too much. What they do is sometimes too much but they are doing well this season, keeping clean sheets.
“We have to deal with it and that is the key for us as defenders, to fight against them and then our creative players can play our game and try to score goals. It is always difficult to play against them, especially away from home but we know if we play our game it can be good.
“We will just try to beat them and get the three points because that is very important for us.
“I hope and believe we can score goals and win there. With three games in a few days that will be key.”