The Reds will travel to The Hawthorns on Sunday to face West Brom
It’s the 33rd game of the season, an early Sunday kick-off for Liverpool against West Brom as they aim to get maximum points from their last six fixtures.
Roberto Firmino’s late winner against Stoke last Saturday was a wonderful moment, and could be argued as the most important goal of the season so far. It ensured that the Reds remained in a healthy position in third place.
This Sunday, it’s the turn of Tony Pulis to take on a determined Liverpool side.
The West Brom manager has his side typically well-drilled and dangerous from set-pieces. Three points for Liverpool would be huge against West Brom, who recently handed out a beating to Arsenal.
There are several key faces missing this weekend including Jordan Henderson, so Klopp may have to depend on fringe players to do the business. At this point, winning is all that matters.
I wouldn’t expect a lot of free-flowing football on show from Liverpool, but a result like last Saturday’s would be perfect and would build the momentum going into following games.
Klopp confirmed in his pre-match conference that Henderson and Adam Lallana remain sidelined, with the duo targeting a return to action next month.
Sadio Mané is out for the rest of the season, with an eight-week layoff predicted.
Ovie Ejaria is still working his way back to fitness, but Marko Grujic could feature at some stage having been named on the bench for the last three games.
Daniel Sturridge is now available, following an impressive second-half cameo at Stoke, but he may start on the bench again as Divock Origi continues to impress up front.
Lucas Leiva could return in midfield alongside Emre Can and Gini Wijnaldum.
It is expected that Klopp will opt for a 3-5-2 formation again, meaning Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan all start. Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino should return to the XI having influenced the result so dramatically at Stoke.
West Brom have no new injuries to worry about, with Pulis likely to field the same XI that lost to Southampton last time around.
West Brom have lost four of their last six, but picked up four points against Liverpool’s top-four rivals Arsenal and Manchester United.
Liverpool, on the other hand, have had a brilliant March and April so far having not lost a game. If the momentum from Stoke continues, and Coutinho and Firmino join the starting lineup, I think we can pick up three points against Pulis’ side.
Like I mentioned in The Final Countdown, I think we’ll win 2-1. Liverpool have never beat a Tony Pulis side away from home before but I think that will change come Sunday. Come on you Reds!!
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