Liverpool travel to relegated West Bromwich Albion for a Premier League match on Sunday afternoon, tomorrow. With Liverpool still very much in the race for the battle for the fourth and final Champions League spot, here are all the stats and observations on West Brom vs Liverpool.
The Reds visit the Hawthorns after a confident 4-2 victory over hosts Manchester United in midweek.
Meanwhile, West Brom’s relegation was confirmed last weekend with a 3-1 loss to Arsenal.
West Brom vs Liverpool Team news
For the visit of Liverpool, Sam Allardyce will revert to a back five, and so, Dara O’Shea may start again.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles has also returned to West Brom after missing the previous match against his parent club Arsenal.
Both Robert Snodrass and Branislav Ivanovic are unavailable for the Baggies, though. Indeed, the latter is unlikely to return after the club’s relegation.
West Bromwich Albion possible starting lineup: Johnstone; Ajayi, Bartley, O’Shea; Furlong, Yokuslu, Maitland-Niles, Gallagher, Townsend; Pereira; Diagne
Jurgen Klopp is considering making changes to the team that defeated Manchester United 4-2 on Thursday night.
Sadio Mane, who was unexpectedly dropped last time out, will thus almost certainly return.
Curtis Jones will also make a start in midfield for the visitors.
City’s John Stones is back from suspension and should start alongside Ruben Dias at center-back.
Liverpool possible starting lineup: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Williams, Robertson; Fabinho, Thiago, Jones; Salah, Firmino, Mane
- With three games remaining, West Brom are already stricken. While Sam Allardyce made the Baggies more difficult to beat, he couldn’t keep them out of the relegation zone.
- However, they’ve won four of their last five home matches against Liverpool. The one remaining time, Baggies held Liverpool to a draw in the reverse fixture earlier in Allardyce’s reign.
- Meanwhile, Liverpool have struggled to score more than once in four of their last five visits to the Hawthorns.
- On Thursday night, though, Liverpool defeated Manchester United 4-2 at Old Trafford, their first Old Trafford victory in seven years. They have a real chance to finish in the top four now, but they must win all their remaining games.
- So, West Brom should be easy pickings for Liverpool.
Even though Williams and Phillips have been outstanding, the two centre-backs are inexperienced compared to the unvailable Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez. And West Brom will hope to exploit as they play without fear.
However, adding to an in-form Liverpool team, Klopp will also look to reverse his bad record against Allardyce.
So, we can only back the Reds to win and close in on a top-four spot.