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Rodgers confident of Liverpool revival
Published :Sunday, 9 August, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 12

Stoke-on-Trent, Aug 8: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Stoke will face a much different team than the one they humiliated at the end of last season when the Reds return to the Britannia Stadium for their Premier League opener on Sunday.
Rodgers' side suffered a chastening afternoon in the Potteries in the final game of the last campaign as they were thrashed 6-1 by a rampant Stoke side.
Despite the close-season departures of Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling, Rodgers is adamant there will not be a repeat of Liverpool's heaviest Premier League defeat as he has strengthened his side with seven new players.
"We'll certainly be better than what we were last season, that's for sure," Rodgers said.
"That was a one-off game in terms of the whole experience. It was incredible; in every aspect of football and high-class football, we lacked in everything.
"It was something that was very surprising and something that was very disappointing.
"We'll look to return to the levels that we've had over a couple of seasons here in terms of organisation and fight. Then obviously you add the talent to that and it gives us the chance to win the game.
"Stoke is always a difficult place to go. We know it will be a tough game, but it will certainly be tougher for them than it was last year."
Rodgers has confirmed Liverpool will be without Wales midfielder Joe Allen for "three to four weeks" after he picked up a hamstring injury during their pre-season friendly against Swindon Town.
Striker Daniel Sturridge (hip) and full-back Jon Flanagan (knee) are the only other major absentees for Rodgers, who is poised to hand full debuts to midfielder James Milner, right-back Nathaniel Clyne and striker Christian Benteke.     AFP

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