The Premier League schedule 2013 live stream games for soccer fans start up the season bright and early on Saturday, Aug. 17. Many United States fans will be watching to see how teams perform in their opening contests, including the early morning Liverpool vs. Stoke City live streaming soccer match on video feed and TV. Among the big stories heading into the matchup will be the return to practice with the team by star striker Luis Suarez.
An Aug. 16 report via BBC Sport notes that the 26-year-old striker Suarez participated in his first practice session with the team on Friday. The Uruguayan star had been playing for his nation against Japan in a recent match, but it was his comments regarding wanting to leave Liverpool that had upset his club. Those comments, including saying his boss went back on a previous promise to "sell him this summer," had the star in hot water with fans and the manager. However, it appears after a talk with that boss, Brendan Rodgers, things may have been somewhat smoothed over. Rodgers reportedly wanted an apology from Suarez for his comments, but has yet to receive one.
Suarez, who had been rumored to be headed to rival Arsenal, won't be participating in this particular matchup, nor the five matches after the Stoke City contest. Back in April, he received a 10-match ban after he bit Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic. Suarez was one of the top goal scorers for his club last season, as he had 30 goals in his 44 appearances during play.
During the 2013 Premier League season, Liverpool finished seventh overall in the standings, while Stoke City finished thirteenth. Many fans are seeing Liverpool as a bit weaker than normal in this matchup but still predict a victory. Stoke City has never scored a goal at the Anfield stadium during Premier League play in five attempts. Their side will also be without midfielder Brek Shea, who suffered knee injury against the U.S. in an international friendly just last month.
The Liverpool vs. Stoke City soccer game gets started at 7:45 a.m. EST for U.S sports fans to watch. The game will be televised on the NBC Sports Network via cable and satellite providers. Additionally, the NBC Sports Live Extra website will be live streaming the game free of charge online. See more info on how to watch this Premier League matchup on the NBC Sports site here.