Liverpool will need to overcome a bogey to defeat West Brom

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Tony Pulis manager of West Bromwich Albion and Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool react during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion at Anfield on December 13, 2015 in Liverpool, England.
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With the surprisingly dull draw with Manchester United on Monday behind us, we now look ahead to our next league game: West Brom at home, 5:30pm BST on Saturday.

West Brom (or any Tony Pulis team, really) seem a bit of a bogey team recently. A particularly unpleasant memory of Pulis is the 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace in 2014 that pretty much ended our title hopes – I can’t say I like the guy.

We can expect a very defensive set-up as per usual from them. That style of play worked against us on Monday night but, with a lack of quality in the team compared to Man United, we should be able to break them down. However, our recent record against Pulis’ teams is surprisingly poor – he is unbeaten in his last eight against us, drawing six and winning two.

Still haven’t forgiven you for this one, Pulis.

We should have a pretty good squad to choose from on Saturday. Adam Lallana is ready to start, Wijnaldum is nearly fit enough and even Joe Gomez is back in training. Sheyi Ojo is the only player still sidelined.

I’m sure you all remember Divock Origi’s late, late equaliser against West Brom in the 2-2 draw in December last year. Klopp took the players over to thank the fans for staying and supporting the team until the last minute.

This was taken the wrong way by some and we were the subject of many jokes: “You celebrated a draw against West Brom, small club…” and other rubbish. I’d like to avoid the trolls this time round. Do us a favour guys.

Origi bags the equaliser against West Brom at Anfield last season

According to the Metro, Klopp has vowed to not underestimate the Baggies.

“The differences between the Premier League and all the other leagues in world football is that there are big individual qualities in all of these teams, I think we all know the reason for it and that’s the big difference.

“Nobody will go through and have at the end 120 points or something because there are a lot of difficult hurdles to jump over and West Brom is for sure one of them. They fight for every point.

“I respect them all and I showed it last year when we played West Brom. I celebrated the point and it was a little bit surprising for most of the people but I was happy.

“I don’t know in this moment if I would celebrate a draw again, it depends on the game we play on Saturday. Everything’s possible.”

Liverpool players thank fans for their support after draw with West Brom

I think that Wijnaldum, if fully fit, will slot straight back into the lineup. The only thing I’m not sure about is who will start up front. This is the kind of game in which Sturridge would usually start, but he has been going through a run of poor form recently.

Will Klopp stick with him or put Firmino up front again? Will Origi even start? Whatever happens, let’s hope for three points and a good performance.

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