Liverpool To Face Hodgson's New Side


And we're back. Don't you hate those pesky international breaks? Not so bad when Carroll and Kuyt get a goal each though i suppose. Anyway, with minimal damage in terms of injuries Liverpool are up against Roy Hodgson's West Brom this weekend.

The clash at The Hawthorns could be an interesting one for the Reds and Hodgson will surely be out to attempt to prove a point. I think after experiencing Hodgson's managerial style for ourselves he won't try to outwit the opposition he will simply defend against it. I can see a strong back four being the key to Hodgson's plan tomorrow.

King Kenny on the other hand will surely be out to show Hodgson who's boss. With Carroll and Suarez fast becoming the most feared front line in the league the relegation battling West Brom side will certainly be worried.

Injuries for the Baggies mean they are without Graham Dorrans. I personally think he is one of their best players and feel they will miss him as a vital link in their midfield. Doubtful is Vela but Odemwingie and Mulumbu are both back from injury.

Liverpool are still without Martin Kelly who has unfortunately suffered a set back in his recovery. Also doubtful is Fabio Aurelio who although has been seen in training is still believed to be unfit. Steven Gerrard has made a faster than expected recovery but manager Kenny Dalglish earlier in the week made it clear he would not risk the captain unnecessarily so it could be a start from the bench for our midfield magician. Jonjo Shelvey is also not available for selection.

West Brom have never scored against us in the Premier League. In all fairness i can't see tomorrow being any different if Liverpool play to their strengths. It would be nice to go out and smash them 3 or 4 nil but I'm not certain we're at that stage yet. However if we're going to get into the swing of things for the end of the season what better way than to turn West Brom well and truly over.

Without being too horrible to Hodgson, it would be nice to show him that the side he left behind (okay with two key new additions) ain't half bad. Well... when it isn't being told to park a bus in front of Reina that is.