Match Preview: West Brom vs. Liverpool

Matthew Sinton brings you Rousing The Kop’s match preview with a trip to West Brom on the agenda for Jürgen Klopp’s players.

Liverpool will travel to the Hawthorns to face Tony Pulis’ West Brom side in the earlier of this Sunday’s Premier League fixtures.

With our rivals slipping up, we are still in an excellent position to achieve a top four spot and it’s just a case of grinding out results in our remaining six games.

If you’re one for the stats, here’s some bad news for you: Liverpool have never won away to a Pulis team in the Premier League. On a more positive note, though, we had never won a game without Sadio Mané until last weekend, so there’s a first time for everything.

West Brom are enjoying a very successful season by their standards – they are already safe and sit just behind Everton in 8th and look very likely to secure a top-half finish this season.

Luckily for us, they don’t have much to play for, but that isn’t to say this won’t be a very tough game.

Especially away from home, their defensive style and speciality in set pieces is exactly what we have struggled against this season, with every one of our losses coming against a side in the relegation zone.

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We do seem to have turned it around against the lower sides recently, however, so I’m much more confident going into this game than I would have been just a few weeks ago.

Our game against West Brom at Anfield earlier this season was not easy by any means – we managed a narrow 2-1 victory courtesy of goals from Sadio Mané and Philippe Coutinho.

I can only see a similar game this Sunday, but I think we’re more than capable of coming out on top again.

Our squad is still plagued with injuries. Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana are not yet ready to return to the team, while Sadio Mané’s season is over.

Klopp surprised us all with the lineup against Stoke last week, and I think we’ll see a similar but slightly stronger starting 11.

We could go with something completely different, but here’s how I predict we’ll line up: Simon Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren, Jöel Matip, Ragnar Klavan, James Milner, Emre Can, Georginio Wijnaldum, Philippe Coutinho, Divock Origi, Roberto Firmino.

There aren’t many games left at all until the end of the season and I can almost smell Champions League football.

With news of a huge summer ahead in terms of transfers, that top four spot would surely be a huge boost in getting our transfer targets. This is a team that has finished the season unbeaten against the top seven in the Premier League – surely we can make it over the line with the six games we have left.

Let’s take another step towards that goal with another three points this Sunday!

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