West Brom can surprise The Reds

Last updated: December 10, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 4pm
Venue: Anfield
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LWWWW
Away form: DDWLL
Last season: 2-1
Competition: The Premier League

The Reds are playing really well, since Jurgen Klopp has been appointed manager. After he arrived at Anfield, they have lost only 2 matches in all competitions. In addition, Liverpool have reached the semi-finals of The Capital One Cup and have qualified for the next round of The Europa League. So, the German manager is doing great things at Liverpool.

On the other hand, The Reds are going to visit Sion on Thursday, so The Merseysiders will have less resting time than West Brom. The Baggies are also in good shape. They managed to beat Arsenal 2-1 two weeks ago and then drew 1-1 against West Ham and Tottenham. WBA’s last defeat was against Manchester United a month ago. In addition, Liverpool are just 4 points in front of West Brom in the standings.

Liverpool play very successfully against West Bromwich Albion. The Merseysiders have won 31 of 56 matches at Anfield and have scored 96 goals against The Baggies. In fact, The Reds have won only 4 of the last 10 games between these two teams. That’s why the victory won’t be an easy one if Liverpool wins.

Team News

Ben Foster needs at least three more weeks to recover from his knee ligament injury. The English goalkeeper still hasn’t played in a single match this season.

Emre Can missed the last match against Newcastle through suspension. His ban has now expired and he can take part in the match against West Brom.

Philippe Coutinho, who is the current top goal-scorer for Liverpool with 5 goals, is suffering from a hamstring problem.

Flanagan, Sakho, Gomez and Ings are the other Liverpool players who are sure to miss the game against West Bromwich Albion.

Quotes of the week

klopp Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) : “I couldn’t see that we should have won three points because we were not good enough, we didn’t do what we could do.”

Tony Pulis from WBA Tony Pulis (West Bromwich) : “Saido got the goals which got us the points which kept us in the league. This year we haven’t had that.”

Expected line-ups:

Liverpool (4-5-1): Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Skrtel, Milner, Henderson, Leiva, Can, Sturridge, Firmino, Benteke.
Subs Bogdan, Ibe, Adam Lallana, Allen, Moreno, Origi, Enrique.
Injured: Flanagan, Ings, Sakho, Coutinho, Gomez
Not available:
WBA (4-4-2): Myhill, Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Evans, McClean, Gardner, Fletcher, Rondon, Yacob, Berahino.
Subs Anichebe, McManaman, Morrison, Chester, Anichebe, Lambert, Lindegaard
Injured: Foster
Not available:

Key Battle

milner Milner this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
14 1234 2 1,4 3 2 6 0
José Salomón Rondón Rondón this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
13 (1) 1102 3 2,4 1 0 1 0

So far this season

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Liverpool this season West Bromwich this season
8 League Position 13
3 (3) (at home) Wins (away) 2 (3)
4-1 vs. Man City Biggest win 2-1 vs. Arsenal
2 (3) (at home) Draws (away) 2 (2)
2 (2) (at home) Losses (away) 4 (4)
0-3 to West Ham Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Man City
Coutinho (5) Top scorer Morrison, Berahino, Rondon (3)
Milner, Coutinho (3) Assist Leader Brunt, Morrison (2)
Y33, R1 Discipline Y34, R1
4 Failures to score 5
5 Clean Sheets 6
8 Both Teams to Score Games 6
6 Over 2.5 Games 5
9 Under 2.5 Games 10
  • The last match between these two teams at Anfield ended with a 2-1 victory for Liverpool. Lallana and Henderson secured the points for The Reds.
  • In the period between 1985 and 2010 The Merseysiders won 12 consecutive games against West Brom. The Baggies have recorded only 29 wins over Liverpool in total.
  • Liverpool have lost only 2 of their 7 Premiership home matches this season. They lost to West Ham (0-3) and Crystal Palace (1-2).
  • West Brom have kept a clean sheet on 4 occasions, when playing away. The Baggies have recorded 3 victories away from The Hawthorns.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
25/04/15 The Premier League West Bromwich 0-0 Liverpool
04/10/14 The Premier League Liverpool 2-1 West Bromwich A. Lallana 45′
02/02/14 The Premier League West Bromwich 1-1 Liverpool Sturridge 24′
26/10/13 The Premier League Liverpool 4-1 West Bromwich L. Suárez 12′
11/02/13 The Premier League Liverpool 0-2 West Bromwich McAuley 81′