Steven Gerrard sends Liverpool good luck message ahead of Stoke showdown

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Steven Gerrard has sent Liverpool a good luck message before their first game of the new Premier League season against Stoke.

The former Reds skipper is playing the first season away from Anfield of his career, having left to join MLS outfit LA Galaxy over the summer.

His last Premier League game in a Liverpool shirt was also against Stoke and it didn't end well as Mark Hughes' side ran out 6-1 winners to mark the end of an unsuccessful campaign for Brendan Rodgers' side.


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They will have the chance to avenge that damaging defeat this afternoon at the Britannia Stadium after a busy summer in the transfer window which has seen the arrival of no less than seven new signings including Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino.

Gerrard, speaking from his new home in LA, sent a message back to his home-town wishing them all the best as they embark on a new era without the 35-year-old.

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'I would just like to take this opportunity to wish Brendan, all his staff, all the players a very successful season,' Gerrard said in the video posted on Liverpool's official Twitter account.

'I'm going to be watching and supporting my ex-team-mates and all the new signings and hopefully come May we will be celebrating some silverware and a very good season. I would also like to take this opportunity to say hello and good luck to all our supporters, at home and around the world and hopefully you will be happy come May. Best of luck.'

Team news

Liverpool will of course start the game without Raheem Sterling who has left to join Manchester City, and there should be a host of débutantes in Rodgers' starting eleven.

Talented youngster Jordon Ibe should take Sterling's place in the team, while James Milner, Nathaniel Clyne and Christian Benteke are all expected to start.

Will Brendan Rodgers keep his job if Liverpool are in the bottom half at Christmas? 

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