Liverpool may not be in action again until the weekend, but for club-captain Jordan Henderson, eyes remain firmly on the big picture ahead of the final stretch of winter fixtures.
Jurgen Klopp and his players are next scheduled to face West Brom Albion on Sunday, as a familiar face returns to Anfield in the form of Sam Allardyce.
The former England manager will make his long-awaited return to the stadium where he has a favourable recent record.
Remarkably, Allardyce is the most recent manager to claim victory at the home of the English champions in the Premier League following a 2-1 win with Crystal Palace in April 2017 – 1345 days ago.
The newly announced West Brom manager is unbeaten in his three previous visits to Anfield in the Premier League with his former club sides Palace, Everton and Sunderland.
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West Brom may be second-from-bottom in the league standings, but Liverpool skipper Henderson isn’t allowing that as an excuse for the current leaders to become complacent.
The 30-year-old sent a message to supporters on his Instagram page saying the team were ready for the ‘busy period’ that lies ahead.
Another big game with all to play for
Liverpool head into the fixture against the Baggies top of the Premier League tree at Christmas for a third successive year.
The all-important 2-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur ensured the Reds maintained their 100 per cent league record at their fortress of a home ground this season.
Make that seven and counting with Jose Mourinho’s Lilywhites the latest to fall victim to the Anfield cauldron.
Remarkably, in their previous 32 league home matches, Liverpool have clocked up a whopping 31 victories – collecting 93 points along the way.
With second and third placed Leicester City and Manchester United scheduled to face each other on Boxing Day, Liverpool’s clash with West Brom represents another opportunity for the Reds to further extend their lead at the top.
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