Liverpool v West Brom [Team Sheets]
Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Skrtel, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Henderson, Lallana, Coutinho, Benteke.
Subs: Bogdan, Toure, Firmino, Lucas, Allen, Origi, Ibe.
West Brom: Myhill; Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Evans; Brunt, Fletcher, Gardner, McClean; Morrison; Rondon
Subs: Lindegaard; Chester, Gnabry, McManaman, Berahino, Lambert, Anichebe.
It may not have been thrilling as their 6-1 away win at Southampton or the 5-1 win at Man City, but Liverpool got the job done in the Europa League on Thursday night in Switzerland.
With Daniel Sturridge back on the injury report, and with Jurgen Klopp ringing the changes for the away trip to Sion, a rather boring 0-0 draw the saw Liverpool top their Europa League group in a more than acceptable result.
Looking at the bigger picture, Liverpool under Klopp seem a team reborn.
The Reds have lost just twice in 13 games under the stewardship on the eccentric German, and they’ll be licking their lips in prospect of another three points when West Brom visit Anfield on Sunday.
Could they yet win the league? The Reds, currently 8th, are just nine points off the top after 15 rounds of the season.
The match at Sion had several positives.
Firstly, Jordan Henderson enjoyed his first start under Klopp following an injury. Secondly, Philippe Coutinho returned to action with a second half cameo. Thirdly, Australian left-back Bradley Smith impressed on his Reds debut. And, perhaps most importantly, the Reds avoided any new injuries.
With that said, Klopp is expected to rotate his team once more for the match with the Baggies. Christian Benteke should return to the attack in place of Divock Origi, while Jordon Ibe, Lucas Leiva, Joe Allen and Alberto Moreno could all play after missing the Sion game.
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So what about West Brom?
Currently 13th in the table with 19 points from 15 games, a 1-1 draw with Tottenham last weekend meant Tony Pulis’s side are now unbeaten in their last three league outings.
Yet they still have problems, specifically scoring goals, where they have only scored 14 goals all season (the second lowest tally in the league). Saido Berahino remains on the periphery after his failed move from the Hawthorns last summer.
So how will the game go?
History suggests the game is home banker. Indeed, Liverpool have won 19 and lost just two of the last 25 league games against West Brom at Anfield.
Also, considering West Brom’s struggles in scoring, it’s worth noting Liverpool have allowed fewer shots on target against them than any other team in the top flight this season (43).