Whilst we are all sitting down eating our Easter Chocolate Liverpool will be again fighting for the Champions League spot we deserve. Naturally if we were playing a top six side I’d be optimistic. However we face a Tony Pulis side. Travelling to West Brom for a game in which only 3 points will do.
Jurgen Klopp expects injured midfielders Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana to again miss the game, with return before the end of the month being mentioned.
Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho should be recalled to the starting XI after being substitutes against Stoke. If they can make as much impact as they did last week we are certainly in for a treat.
Need to be wary of West Brom
Liverpool can’t afford any slip-ups in the chase for a Champions League slot, but West Brom can cause them real problems.
Tony Pulis will set his team up to make it difficult for Liverpool to Attack. Playing a compact 4-5-1 formation, leaving little space for the creative Liverpool between the lines. Forcing Liverpool out wide at every opportunity will again make it difficult thanks to the height advantage.
West Brom are so strong in the air at set pieces. Liverpool can’t seem to be able to defend them or keep clean sheets. So expect goals.
Will we see Klopp continue with his new 3-5-2 formation. This would provide the much needed width and the extra man at Centre-Back would stabilise the team.
I’d expect us to play with 3 at the back. We need to really battle in midfield and this would give us the defensive stability to allow our attacking 3 to just simply roam.
Mignolet; Klavan, Matip, Lovren; Milner, Can, Wijnaldum, Clyne; Coutinho; Firmino, Sturridge.
Coutinho in the hole behind the front 2 would place him where he can cause maximum damage! Should Firmino fail a late fitness test then I’d select Origi. However in my opinion Sturridge must start after his very good run out against Stoke City last week.
Jurgen Klopp’s opinion
“West Brom have all our respect and all our concentration.”
“We will try to be at our best. West Brom have had an outstanding season. Last two or three matches they didn’t score but (that’s) nothing we should think about.”
“Maybe they are the most experienced team in the Premier League. [They have] a lot of things that cause us problems.”
- Liverpool are unbeaten in their last seven league matches with West Brom, with three wins and four draws.
- However, the Baggies have only lost one of the last six meetings at The Hawthorns – the last three have been draws.
- Liverpool won their first away league game of 2017 at Stoke on Saturday (D3, L2).
- They are unbeaten in their last six Premier League games, winning four and drawing two.
- Jurgen Klopp’s side have kept just one clean sheet in their last 13 league matches.
- The Reds have 63 points from 32 games, 12 more than they did at this stage last season.
- Liverpool have won 18 points from losing positions this season, more than any other Premier League team.