Liverpool vs. West Brom
Venue: Anfield Stadium
Kick off: 5:30pm
Liverpool will be eyeing to return to winning ways in the Premier League when they face off against West Bromwich Albion at Anfield.
Meanwhile, the Baggies will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run in the top flight to four matches today.
Liverpool put in their worst performance since the arrival of Jurgen Klopp in their 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United in their last Premier League match.
The Reds were unable to break down the Magpies at St James’ Park and were cut open at the back as Martin Skrtel sent the ball into his own net while Georginio Wijnaldum sealed the victory with a late strike.
Klopp’s men were slightly unfortunate to see Alberto Moreno’s strike ruled out for offside, with replays showing that the left-back was at least half a yard, but the club will have to perform better than they did to challenge for a place in the top four.
The German took the opportunity to rest some of his players during the week in their goalless draw against Sion in the Europa League, having already qualified for the next round of the tournament, so the Reds can have no excuses for a slip-up against the Baggies.
Apart from their underwhelming display against the Magpies, Klopp’s men had begun to find their rhythm in their attacking play as Divock Origi displayed his talent by netting a hat-trick in their 6-1 triumph over Southampton in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup.
With the fitness of Daniel Sturridge in doubt, the German will be looking to Origi and Christian Benteke to fire in front of goal to push his side towards the Champions League places over the festive period.
However, The Reds have struggled for goals at Anfield this season, notching just eight strikes, only three teams in the top flight have scored fewer at home.
Liverpool’s home form has been inconsistent this season as they reside in the middle of the pack in the Premier League, with only three victories in their seven matches this season. A stern test of the club’s credentials to push into the top four awaits against the Baggies.
West Brom are currently unbeaten in their last three matches as they drew 1-1 against Tottenham Hotspur last week, backing up their efforts from their draw with West Ham United and their 2-1 victory over Arsenal.
Pulis has made the club a difficult outfit to beat as they are well positioned to retain their Premier League status for another season due to their ability to grind out results.
The Baggies have secured more points on their travels this season than at The Hawthorns by recording three victories over Norwich City, Aston Villa and Stoke City all by 1-0 scorelines. Pulis will be eyeing another resolute display on their trip to Anfield.
West Brom have conceded just five goals away from home and 19 in total in their 14 matches this term, which gives them the 10th-best defensive record in the division, keeping six clean sheets.
Liverpool possible starting lineup: Mignolet; Clyne, Lovren, Skrtel, Moreno; Henderson, Milner, Can; Firmino, Benteke, Coutinho.
West Brom possible starting lineup: Myhill; Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Olsson, Brunt; Morrison, Fletcher, McClean, McManaman; Rondon.