The Reds travel to the Britannia Stadium for the second competitive match in a row, with last term’s finale having been a shocking 6-1 loss to the Potters.
The performance was widely hailed as the worst of the Merseysiders’ campaign and was the ‘send off’ for Steven Gerrard, who left the club over the summer to officially join MLS side LA Galaxy.
Naturally, talk of revenge has been doing the rounds since the announcement of the fixture list, and it appears that Rodgers is planning to go back to Stoke in search of a result with teenage pair Gomez and Ibe in his XI.
The bold move comes on the back of impressive pre-seasons from the duo, with the latter having shone in an attacking role, while former – signed from Charlton earlier this summer – has looked composed at left-back – even though he’s a centre-back.
Starting Ibe, 19, and Gomez, 18, would further Rodgers’ ‘if you’re good enough, you’re old enough’ policy, from which Raheem Sterling benefitted before his move to Manchester City.