Liverpool V West Brom Preview

After a frustrating 0-0 draw with Manchester United on Monday night, Liverpool travel to the Midlands on Saturday evening in search of a win. The Baggies are currently 12th in the league with the Reds sitting in 4th just two points off leaders Manchester City who face Southampton on Sunday after their Champions League game at the Nou Camp.

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Positively for Liverpool, Gini Wijnaldum has returned to training quicker than initially expected and Joe Gomez is also back in action though he's not expected to feature for a while. James Milner will also need to be assessed according to some news outlets after he picked up a head injury against Manchester United.

The last time the Reds met West Brom was back in May of this year. The game ended 1-1 at the Hawthorns with a goal from Jordon Ibe for Liverpool. The meeting at Anfield in December 2015 also ended in a draw, this time a 2-2 result. Jordan Henderson was the first man to score in that game and it ended with a 90th minute equaliser from Divock Origi.

In the last six meetings between the two sides Liverpool have won on two occasions, the remaining four results have all been draws. For a West Brom win we have to go back to February 2013.

After playing against Jose Mourinho's defensive tactics on Monday evening and failing to break through, Jurgen Klopp will be hoping he won't have to set up for that again against Tony Pulis. The ex Stoke boss is famous for those sort of performances and if the Baggies recent results are anything to go by it will be a cautious display from Pulis' side (v Spurs 1-1, v Sunderland 1-1, v Stoke 1-1).

Daniel Sturridge made the start against United but I'm not so sure we'll see him on Saturday. There are rumours Danny Ings is also back in the frame but I think Klopp will favour a strikerless set up for this fixture. We appear to perform very strongly away from home, even more so when the likes of Mane, Coutinho, Firmino and Lallana are all deployed together.

Enjoy the match folks, wherever you are watching!

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