first_img Brendan Rodgers has just one striker available It has been a difficult few weeks for Liverpool Football Club. A run of five matches without a victory in all competitions has dented both their Premier League and Champions League aspirations, while further injury to star striker Daniel Sturridge has heaped further pressure on boss Brendan Rodgers.The latest league defeat – 3-1 to Crystal Palace last time out – was the Merseysiders’ sixth of the domestic campaign, equalling the entire total of last season, and has seen them slip to 12th in the table.This weekend they welcome Stoke City to Anfield, knowing that only victory will do, but things aren’t looking good for Rodgers’ men.A midweek European draw with Ludogorets was further evidence of the Reds’ shaky defence, while confirmation that Mario Balotelli will once again miss out with a groin injury suffered on international duty, leaves them looking incredibly light in attack.Rickie Lambert has finally found his shooting boots, and he will need to be on form when he squares up to a physical Stoke defence that has conceded 15 times already this season.The real spotlight will be on Simon Mignolet though. The Liverpool goalkeeper was at fault for Ludogorets’ opening goal on Wednesday evening, leading to vociferous calls for him to be dropped.The Belgian has struggled to replicate the form of last season, and with must-win games coming thick and fast, Liverpool are not in any position to carry passengers.Liverpool fans, would you drop Mignolet this weekend? Comment below… 1last_img

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