Competition: Premier League – Liverpool FC vs. West Bromwich Albion FC
Venue: Anfield – Saturday, October 22 – 17:30 BST (12:30 ET)
Match Odds: Liverpool 30/100 – Draw 17/4 – West Brom 9/1
The Reds struggled to break down a rigid Manchester United defence in a goalless draw on Monday night and will come up against opposition that will most likely deploy similar tactics to United’s this weekend.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have been in free scoring form so far this season with 18 goals in the league – only Man City and Arsenal have managed more (19) – so they’ll be hoping to bounce back with a win.
The draw with United ended a run of four consecutive league wins for Liverpool, however they’re now unbeaten in six and haven’t yet lost a home game (W2, D1).
West Brom arrive in Merseyside after nearly snatching all three points in their 1-1 draw at home to Tottenham last weekend, as only a last-gasp Dele Alli equaliser cancelled out Nacer Chadli’s strike against his former club.
The performance will have pleased Tony Pulis as his side showed they could cut it against the league’s top sides, showing a good fighting spirit and defensive solidarity.
With that in mind, the Baggies may fancy their chances of earning themselves at least a point at Anfield as they’re proving difficult to beat and will try to hurt Liverpool at set pieces.
The last meeting between these two sides ended in a 1-1 draw at the end of last season. The last three clashes have ended in a draw.
Liverpool are hoping James Milner recovers from a knock, while Giorgio Wijnaldum is a doubt. Sheyi Ojo, Mamadou Sakho and Joe Gomez will miss the game through injury.
West Brom’s only major concern is that Jonny Evans will miss the game through suspension after already picking up five yellow cards this season.
Liverpool’s last five: W/W/W/W/D
West Brom’s last five: L/W/D/D/D
Key Stat: West Brom have won on two of their last five league visits to Anfield (D1, L2).
Key Player: Nacer Chadli – The Belgian has been in scintillating form for his new club and will be looking to make an impact in this game. He’s the go to guy at the moment and if West Brom are to get something, he’s bound to play a part.
Liverpool 2-1 West Brom – The Reds should have enough to edge past a resilient West Brom side. The Baggies are unlikely to be rolled over easily but Jurgen Klopp has plenty of quality at his disposal which could be the difference.