Preview: West Brom v Liverpool

Third place Liverpool will be determined to take three points off West Brom at the Hawthorns on Sunday in order to secure their tenuous position in the Premier League's top four.

Premier League
Date: 16 April 2017
Match Day 33
Kick-off: 14H30 (GMT 2)
Venue: The Hawthorns

Head-to-head summary: 

TEAM MATCHES WIN DRAW LOSS

West Brom 116 29 34 53 
Liverpool 116 53 34 29

Previous encounter: 

Liverpool 2-1 West Brom 22/10/16 (Premier League)

Liverpool goalscorers: S. Mane (20'), P. Coutinho (35')
West Brom goalscorer: G. McAuley (81')

Players to watch: 

Liverpool left it late last time out, coming from behind to grab a hard-fought 2-1 win over Stoke City with all three of their substitutes playing a massive role in the turnaround. Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino provided the goals while Daniel Sturridge was a constant threat and the England striker has a huge role to play for remainder of the Reds season with Sadio Mane ruled out for the duration.

For the hosts, Craig Dawson has a massive role to play as he will most likely be the man tasked with keeping the tricky Coutinho quiet and, if he succeeds, could put a big dent in Liverpool's attacking potential.

Team form and manager quotes: 

The Baggies claimed an impressive 3-1 win over Arsenal in the middle of March, but have been poor around that with it being their only win in their last six Premier League matches. However, they have proved to be somewhat of a bogey team for Liverpool, something that manager Tony Pulis is keen to build on.

"Let's hope that record continues this weekend as well," he said ahead of the match. "They are just a team I have always done well against. In comparison with Arsenal, I've always done well when I've played against Arsenal at home.

"You get the team organised and well set up and let them enjoy the challenge, irrespective of whether it's Liverpool, Leicester or Chelsea."

The Reds are unbeaten in their last six Premier League outings, but they will have been disappointed to drop two points in a 2-2 draw against Bournemouth a week and a half ago before laboring to a late 2-1 win over Stoke last time out.

Despite perhaps not always picking up wins against many teams they should be expected to beat, manager Jurgen Klopp staunchly defended his side's style of play.

"If somebody speaks to me about Plan A or Plan B I don't really understand this, because it's never been the case," he said. "We've played brilliant football, football at its best. If you go back and look at my teams at [Borussia] Dortmund in 2012 or 2013 it wasn't all pressing and counter pressing, we played football and won games.

"This season [we lost games] not because we didn't have a plan B but because we had difficulties in different games."

Team news: 

Good news for the hosts is that they have no fresh injury concerns to worry about and Pulis is more than likely to name an unchanged side for the game against the Reds.

Liverpool, on the other hand, will be without captain Jordan Henderson, as well as influential attacking pair Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane.

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