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    Liverpool vs West Brom Match Preview


    Liverpool will hope to return to winning ways following Monday night's disappointing draw against Manchester United when they entertain West Brom at Anfield later today.

    Jurgen Klopp's title challengers failed to break down a resolute United rearguard in a unusually subdued performance five days ago and are likely to face similar resistance this evening against Tony Pulis' well-organised side.

    The Baggies have what it takes to make life difficult for one of the Premier League heavyweights after coming close to securing victory against unbeaten Tottenham last Saturday where they were denied by Dele Alli's 89th minute equalizer.

    Liverpool

    The Reds had been hoping to record a fifth consecutive league win when they played Manchester United on Monday night but were unable to find their usual attacking cohesion in a game of few clear-cut chances.

    While the result may have quelled some of Liverpool's early-season momentum, it will be easily forgotten if they return to the same devastating form against West Brom that they produced in their previous home games against Leicester and Hull.

    Liverpool have famously struggled against teams managed by Tony Pulis in the past and they may need to show patience in order to break down a side who are famed for their defensive organisation and discipline.

    The club's chances will be boosted by the likely return to the starting line-up of Adam Lallana, whose 60th minute introduction as a substitute on Monday night injected both pace and fluency into the Liverpool attack as Klopp's side pushed for a winner.

    Lallana has not started for club or country since sustaining a groin problem against Swansea three weeks ago, while Georginio Wijnaldum could also make his return after picking up a hamstring injury on international duty for The Netherlands.

    Liverpool have had mixed results against the less-fancied sides this season, losing 2-0 to Burnley in their only defeat of the season so far in August, while also beating Hull and Swansea in the past month.

    The Reds haven't failed to score in consecutive league matches since Klopp was appointed manager just over a year ago and they will be keen to add to the 26 goals they have already scored from their 10 matches this season.

    West Brom

    West Brom have enjoyed a solid starting to the campaign, losing only to Everton and Bournemouth respectively in their opening eight matches and sit comfortably in 12th position in the league table.

    The club endured a difficult summer in which they were taken over by a Chinese investment group, while there was persistent speculation about the futures of both manager Tony Pulis and striker Saido Berahino.

    QPR winger Matt Phillips was the only player to arrive at The Hawthorns in the pre-season, although the club were busy ahead of the transfer deadline with the acquisition of Nacer Chadli from Spurs, Allan Nyom from Watford and free agent Hal Robson-Kanu.

    The Baggies showed how difficult they are to beat on the road throughout last season, losing only seven matches in the league as well as securing draws against Chelsea, Tottenham, champions Leicester and today's opponents Liverpool.

    Pulis would have taken inspiration from the way Manchester United were able to deny Liverpool time and space on the ball on Monday night, while also managing to restrict the home side to very few clear-cut opportunities.

    His side's task will be made all the more difficult with the absence of Johnny Evans, who picked up his fifth booking of the season in last weekend's draw against Tottenham and serves a one-match suspension.

    West Brom have fared well against Saturday's opponents in recent seasons, winning four and drawing four of the past 12 encounters, and were denied a famous win at Anfield last season by Divock Origi's 95th minute equalizer.

    Liverpool Team News

    Adam Lallana is likely return to Liverpool's starting line-up after the England international played the final 30 minutes against Manchester United on Monday night following a groin injury.

    Georginio Wijnaldum could also be considered for selection after returning to training, having missed Monday's game due to the hamstring injury he sustained while representing The Netherlands.

    James Milner is likely to recover from a knock in order to play, while Mamadou Sakho is nearing full fitness having failed to appear for the club this season but remains unavailable for selection.

    One good news story to come out of Liverpool this week was the return to training of Joe Gomez, who has been on the sidelines for over a year with respective knee and achilles injuries, but he remains a long way short of full fitness.

    West Brom Team News

    The Baggies are the only team in the Premier League to currently have no injury problems ahead of Saturday's trip to Anfield to play Liverpool.

    Johnny Evans misses the match after receiving his fifth booking of the season in last weekend's 1-1 draw against Tottenham and is likely to be replaced in central defence by Swede Jonas Olsson.

    Chris Brunt returned from a 10-month lay-off to play the final 20 minutes against Tottenham after recovering from a long-term knee injury and is likely to remain on the bench against Liverpool.

    Head-to-head

    Liverpool and West Brom have been evenly matched over recent seasons, with both sides winning four matches apiece in all competitions from the past 12 encounters in a sequence that began in April 2011.

    Prior to 2011, The Baggies had lost 13 consecutive matches against the 18-time Champions in all competitions and hadn't beaten them since a 2-0 win in the old First Division back in February 1981.

    The sides met twice last season, with Divock Origi salvaging a 2-2 draw at Anfield in December 2015 with a 95th minute equalizer before they played out a 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns on the final weekend of last season.

    In a head-to-head that was first contested in 1894, Liverpool lead with 66 wins in all competitions to West Brom's 38, while 42 of the 146 encounters have ended in draws.

    Score Prediction


    Liverpool 2-1 West Brom
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