Preview: Liverpool v West Brom

Liverpool will be confident of keeping up their good form when they welcome West Bromwich Albion to Anfield on Saturday.

Premier League
22/23 October 2016
Match Day 9
Kick-off: 18H30 local/00H30 HKT
Venue: Anfield

Head-to-head summary:

Liverpool 115 52 34 29
West Brom 115 29 34 52

Previous encounter:

West Brom 1-1 Liverpool 15/05/16 (Bundesliga)

West Brom goalscorer: S. Rondon (13′)

Liverpool goalscorer: J. Ibe (23′)

Players to watch:

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Tony Pulis was correct in his assessment of Liverpool’s threat, with a number of potent attacking threats. The Brazilian duo of Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino both have a propensity for the spectacular, while Sadio Mane offers explosive pace on the wings.

Pulis also touched on the two main threats for his side, who are winger Nacer Chadli and striker Salomon Rondon. “”We have been pleased with Nacer,” Pulis said of the Belgian, who scored in their draw with his former club Spurs. “He and Salomon are playing well together.”

Team form and manager quotes:

The Reds are now six games unbeaten in the Premier League, with Monday’s stalemate against Manchester United ending a four-match winning streak run that included results over Leicester City and Chelsea, and putting five past Hull City.

The Baggies are undefeated in their last four, but their three most recent results have all been draws against Stoke, Sunderland, and Spurs.

Tony Pulis’ side are not wont to score more than once per game, with their 4-2 thriller against West Ham the rare exception, so the free-scoring Reds might just outgun them, a legitimate concern for Pulis.

“We are playing Liverpool tomorrow and we know it’s going to be a really tough game,” Pulis said. “If you look at their front five, they are all matchwinners. They can do something off the cuff. They could win the title.

“Klopp is passionate and that is important in the game and important for Liverpool. They’ve got a good chance this year.”

That respect runs both ways, with Klopp claiming that West Brom, like every other team in England’s top flight, represent a serious challenge.

“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,” the German coach said. “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.”

Team news:

Reds boss Jürgen Klopp will expect influential midfielder James Milner to recover from a knock in time to feature, with Georginio Wijnaldum (hamstring) considered a slight doubt.

That leaves peripheral players Sheyi Ojo (back injury) and Joe Gomez (calf/shin) as Liverpool’s only injury absentees; while West Brom have no injuries to report.