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Alarm bells ring for Mark Hughes as shambolic Stoke lose at Swansea

Mark Hughes gave his verdict after Stoke lost at Swansea.

Given the opposition, Stoke arguably put in their worst performance of the season in the 2-0 away loss to Swansea on Saturday; a result that heaps even more pressure on under-fire manager Mark Hughes.

The Swans hadn't won in six games, yet it was the Potters who looked like they were on the brink of relegation.

The opening goal was another for the season's gag reel of set-piece defending with Swansea's leading scorer of headed goals, Fernando Llorente, left entirely unopposed to nod home. A rare...

Xherdan Shaqiri and Marko Arnautovic star in Stoke's victory over Hull

Mark Hughes expresses his delight at all aspects of Stoke's game against Hull, capped off by a superb Xherdan Shaqiri goal.

Stoke managed to get back to winning ways with a 3-1 victory over relegation-threatened Hull in what was a less-than-convincing performance in front of an anxious crowd. An early goal from Marko Arnautovic appeared to settle the Potters' nerves but individual errors and an inability to take their subsequent chances conspired to let the visitors back into the game.

Substitutes Jon Walters and Peter Crouch would combine to put the home side back in front, and then a moment of magic from Man of the...

Stoke fans lose faith in Mark Hughes to give Coates a big decision to make

Stoke boss Mark Hughes was left disappointed following his side's 2-1 defeat to Liverpool.

Having found themselves unceremoniously dumped out of both cup competitions by the first week of January, it looked like all Stoke had to play for in the next four months was bettering their ninth-place finish of the last three seasons.

It's a feat that, up until recently, was more than achievable but the side's latest run of poor form has seen the possibility all but disappear for a minor flirtation with relegation. While that is a fate extremely unlikely to befall the Potters, it is nonetheless...

Liverpool's new formation fails vs. Stoke before half-time tweaks

Steve Nicol says Jurgen Klopp has a "slim to zero" chance of getting the reinforcements Liverpool need this summer.

Liverpool recovered from a stagnant first half to win 2-1 at Stoke on Saturday, in a display affected by numerous absentees and a formation they had reportedly not even used in training.

Beset by injuries, Jurgen Klopp wheeled out a 3-5-1-1 system featuring two teenagers and players fielded out of position. With Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino benched, the visitors lacked flair and cohesion, and created next to nothing before half-time.

The same was not true of Stoke, who opened the scoring...

Mark Hughes to blame for defeat to Liverpool as Stoke slip up again

Stoke boss Mark Hughes gave his reaction to his side's defeat to Liverpool.

Stoke grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory by conceding two goals in as many minutes to register their fourth successive reverse in a 2-1 loss to Liverpool at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday.

The Potters started well and dominated the first half, seizing the initiative against a young Liverpool side in an unfamiliar system. Their lead was well-deserved with the returning Xherdan Shaqiri working well with Glen Johnson on the right before sending an inch perfect cross for Jonathan Walters to nod...

Coutinho and Firmino seal Liverpool comeback after Klopp rings changes

Liverpool came from behind to beat Stoke and continue their push for the top four.
Liverpool came from behind to beat Stoke and continue their push for the top four.
Liverpool came from behind to beat Stoke and continue their push for the top four.
Liverpool came from behind to beat Stoke and continue their push for the top four.
Liverpool came from behind to beat Stoke and continue their push for the top four.
Liverpool came from behind to beat Stoke and continue their push for the top four.

STOKE-ON-TRENT, England -- Three thoughts from Stoke 1-2 Liverpool at the bet365 Stadium.

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1. Liverpool's top four hopes survive for now

Jurgen Klopp told his players to forget playing the "Liverpool way" ahead of his side's trip to the bet365 Stadium. Liverpool eventually took that instruction on board, but they required the help of two world-class stars in Saturday's 2-1 comeback.

It looked to be another case of deja vu, Liverpool failing against the division's lower teams, when Stoke led over...