Ben Morgan looks ahead to tonight’s Premier League clash as Liverpool host West Brom at Anfield, including team news for both sides, and what we could expect to see in the game.
So then, a cold night under the Anfield spotlights awaits Jurgen Klopp’s Reds and Alan Pardew’s Baggies. The Reds have been in fine goal scoring form, but came up short in the Merseyside derby, as we were held to a 1-1 draw with the blue neighbours across Stanley Park. Jurgen Klopp opted to leave the likes of Roberto Firmino, Phillipe Coutinho, Emre Can and Gini Wijnaldum out, giving Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Dominic Solanke the nod. The Reds played some fantastic football and dominated the game, boasting 79% possession, and were leading following a beauty from Mo Salah but a soft penalty was given after Dejan Lovren was judged to have pushed Dominic Calvert Lewin, with Wayne Rooney converting from the spot.
A chance to get back to winning ways then for Liverpool, and the chance for Liverpool to get back into the top 4, following Burnley’s 1-0 over Stoke last night that sent the Clarets 4th. Let’s start with the team news then.
Team News – Liverpool:
Jurgen Klopp has said that he will continue his rotation policy ahead of tonight’s fixture. The Gaffer has made 59 changes to his starting line up in the Premier League this season, which is a staggering 20 more than any other side. With that in mind, Phillipe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino are expected to come back into the side. Emre Can and Gini Wijnaldum both too will be hoping for starts, but could face completion from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The England International, who arrived in a £35million on Transfer Deadline Day in the summer, has really started to settle in to the team, and Klopp could continue with him in the XI to continue his run of form. This game could represent an opportunity to rest Mo Salah, who Klopp, in his pre match conference said that the Egyptian Star has a slight hamstring issue, which is why he subbed him off after just 65 minutes against Everton at the weekend. Simon Mignolet is expected to continue in goal, while Trent Alexander-Arnold could come in at Right back, with Joe Gomez moving alongside Ragnar Klavan at Centre back. Adam Lallana has returned to full training but won’t feature for the Reds tonight. Joel Matip and Alberto Moreno also miss out with a Muscle Injury and an Ankle Injury respectively.(LiverpoolFC.com)
Team News – West Brom:
Alan Pardew’s side currently sit in 18th in the table, and will be looking to get a morale boosting win over the Merseysiders. Defender Craig Dawson could be back for the Midlands side. The defender has been out with a knee injury but is in training again. Chris Brunt should be available again, but a host of Key players featuring Gareth Barry, James Morrison and Nacer Chadli could all miss the trip to Anfield.
What can we expect?
Expect a physical game. The Baggies are a big side and will look to use their physical presence to dominate the Liverpool defence from set pieces. This is a side that are notoriously known for headed goals and could fancy their chances against an often leaky Liverpool backline. However, the Reds have proved this season that they have the ability to break the teams who sit deeper down, and will look to do that tonight. If the Reds get in their stride then it could be a rout, especially if the Fab Four members are up for the game.(LiverpoolFC.com)
A tough evening awaits Jürgen’s Reds, on what is a cold blistery night at Anfield, the chance to go 4th, and a much needed 3 points to keep the pressure on those above them. The stage is set, Anfield is ready, all eyes are now fixated on the game itself.