‘Anyone who had a heart’ would feel a little sympathy with Liverpudlians this week – and there’s a huge football match on Sunday evening, visibly massive for everybody concerned everywhere with Liverpool.

 

‘You’re my world’ sums it all up nicely, the whole week made a little more emotional with the passing of arguably the city’s favourite daughter, their own Cilla Black. But no Anfield this week, the Reds go to Stoke, ironically the scene of their final match of the season last time out when the Potters callously ruined captain Steven Gerrard’s last game, hammering Liverpool 6 -1 to send shock waves round the football world. Manager Brendan Rodgers has lived to tell the tale, but his coaching staff didn’t and ‘something tells me’ that will never happen again… Anfield has reacted quickly and positively by buying nearly a new team to start this campaign. There’s still some dead(ly) expensive wood lying around, like Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini (set for Fiorentina) and Jose Enrique(perhaps returning to Newcastle), but with a lot of new ‘Red’ faces in the Liverpool line-up we‘ll all see if by the end of the game their colour is rightly red from exhaustion and not embarrassment – again. In the Potteries, Mark Hughes looks to have at last settled down and now enjoying life again (well, as much as the seemingly-sour Welshman ever does) and has succeeded in making life very difficult for big visitors to the Britannia Stadium – eh, Brendan?