Aquilani on the bench for Liverpool

Liverpool's £20m man Alberto Aquilani is once again on the bench as Liverpool face a difficult task at the Britannia Stadium this afternoon.

Liverpool's £20m man Alberto Aquilani is once again on the bench as Liverpool face a difficult task at the Britannia Stadium this afternoon.

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has made six changes to the side humiliated in the FA Cup by Reading.

Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres, Yossi Benayoun and Daniel Agger were all injured, while Aquilani and Diego Cavalieri were dropped to the bench as Jose Reina, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Martin Skrtel, Javier Mascherano, Fabio Aurelio and David Ngog all return.

Stoke have Tuncay available after a hamstring scare and he starts the Premier League clash, while Salif Diao comes in against his old club with Liam Lawrence reverting to the bench.

Stoke: Sorensen, Huth, Abdoulaye Faye, Shawcross, Higginbotham, Delap, Whitehead, Diao, Etherington, Sidibe, Sanli.

Subs: Simonsen, Whelan, Lawrence, Fuller, Pugh, Collins, Wilkinson.

Liverpool: Reina, Carragher, Kyrgiakos, Skrtel, Insua, Degen, Lucas, Mascherano, Aurelio, Kuyt, Ngog.

Subs: Cavalieri, Aquilani, Riera, Rodriquez, Spearing, Darby, Pacheco.

Referee: Lee Mason.

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