With the transfer window fast approaching, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has once again reiterated that he is open to signing new players in January. She of course defied this prognosis and has since continued chemotherapy treatment.
Klopp's team also host Manchester City on New Year's Eve before kicking off at Sunderland on Jan 2.
"Klopp as brought that confidence", Barnes told Express Sport.
Ryan Shawcross says Stoke are looking forward to the challenge of travelling to Liverpool and Chelsea.
Liverpool fans here in Ireland as well as in the United Kingdom contributed to helping Marie visit Anfield this season, securing tickets for the game as well as a wheelchair and itinerary for the weekend.
If they are to have any hope of catching Antonio Conte's men, Liverpool will need the afterburners to fire very shortly, starting with the visit of Mark Hughes' Stoke City on Tuesday.
The team's most natural finisher, Daniel Sturridge, still struggles with woeful luck when it comes to fitness and the young Danny Ings is already out for the season.
"There is no ideal system in world football, but when they [Chelsea] go on like this they are the deserved champions, nobody could have a doubt about this", Klopp said in an interview with Sky Sports News. We lost Phil (Coutinho) and Daniel (Sturridge) and Danny Ings in hard moments when you really could use them.
"We are not the last 25 years".
"But then you can still lose a game like we did at Bournemouth".
Chelsea have a less intensive festive schedule than the Reds as they face three matches in 10 days, while Liverpool face the same number of games in seven days.
"Second in the league going into the second half of the season, I think it is a good time to buy and strengthen", Houghton said on LFC TV.
He added: "We are young enough, we are good enough, we are strong enough and we have an outstanding, skilled team".
Liverpool play three games within the space of seven days over the festive period, starting with the Potters' visit to Anfield on December 27 and then an encounter with City on New Year's Eve before travelling to face Sunderland less than 48 hours later.
"We accepted it a long time ago, it is nothing".