Michael Owen states his prediction for Liverpool FC v Stoke City

The Liverpool FC legend believes the Reds will ease to victory over Stoke City at Anfield in Saturday afternoon

Liverpool FC legend Michael Owen Photo: BT Sport

Michael Owen is backing Liverpool FC to ease to a straightforward victory over Stoke City at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.

The Reds will take on Paul Lambert’s side in their first game since a 5-2 win over AS Roma in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final at Anfield mid-week.

Mohamed Salah scored twice in the first half before the Egypt international teed up Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane to help Liverpool FC secure a commanding lead before two late goals.

The Liverpool FC summer signing won the PFA player of the year award last weekend after he equalled Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez’s record of 31 goals in a Premier League season.

However, Salah can ease past the Premier League legends with a goal against the Potters at Anfield in Saturday’s early kick-off.

Jurgen Klopp could be tempted to rest the African forward ahead of their return trip to the Italian capital to take on AS Roma on Wednesday night with a place in the Champions League final at Kiev.

Former Liverpool FC striker Owen is backing the Reds to ease to a win against Stoke at Anfield on Saturday.

“Stoke need to take maximum points this weekend to have any realistic chance of maintaining their Premier League status,” Owen told BetVictor.

“With that in mind, it is unlikely they would have handpicked Liverpool for this must-win game given they have not won at Anfield in their 54 previous top-flight visits!”

The Reds are on course to finish in the top four in the Premier League.

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