Mark Hughes expects Stoke to come good

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Mark Hughes expects Stoke to come good

Defeat at Selhurst Park leaves Stoke 15th in the Premier League on 13 points, just three points clear of the relegation zone.

Liverpool travel to the Britannia Stadium on Wednesday evening to take on Stoke City in their latest Premier League clash, and Jurgen Klopp's side will be hoping to build on their 1-1 draw with reigning champions Chelsea last time out.

Mark Hughes says Stoke must be aware of the threat posed by the whole Liverpool team and not become preoccupied with Mohamed Salah when they play them on Wednesday. But his searing pace, powerful running and eye for goal has ensured he's remained a crucial part of Klopp's side. He said, "But we can't be overly concerned with one player though, because they have match winners all over the pitch". We dominated them. That's fantastic.

Hughes spoke about Liverpool's style of play, saying, "They play with a high tempo and press, which is maybe why they sometimes get caught out".

Mane scored in Liverpool's opening three Premier League games against Watford, Crystal Palace and Arsenal before he was sent off at Manchester City.

"I'm feeling very well".

Asked about negativity among the Staffordshire club's fans, Hughes said: "There seems to have been negativity from probably the beginning of the season and we only dissipate it by winning".

"It is possible that you can get them still but I don't care about that for the moment because we want to have the next three [points], and the next three and the next three".

"The day when somebody thinks like this (in my team), with not being a proper sportsman and being fair, then I stop".

He is not anxious by critics such as former City midfielder Joey Barton, who claims that Klopp's men are going backwards, or former England striker Ian Wright, who believes that the manager needs to develop a mean streak to ensure his players see out games when leading.

"And once we are there, which we feel we will be at some point in the season, we will stay there, and build our season from that point onwards".

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