Laudrup reckons victory over Mark Hughes' Potters is vital to avoid being sucked into relegation trouble.
The ex-Real Madrid ace explained: "We're at home and have to get the three points to put us at least five ahead of the teams at the bottom. I don't mean Sunderland and Crystal Palace but the eight or nine teams who are only four or five points apart.
"Stoke are there also. If we beat them it will give us even more distance. That's important."
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