Reds out to end Anfield’s 2020 run in style – Liverpool vs. West Brom Preview – Liverpool FC,
Liverpool’s festive programme continues with the go to of West Brom, the place the Reds can hope to benefit from outcomes elsewhere to maintain a stronghold on the prime.
Liverpool vs. West Brom
Sunday, December 27, 2020 – 4.30pm (GMT)
Premier League (15)
Referee: Kevin Buddy
It’s the ultimate dwelling sport of what has been a yr like no different for Jurgen Klopp‘s males.
Anfield bore witness to the primary league title in 30 years in the course of the summer time amid a worldwide pandemic which turned the world as we knew it the wrong way up.
In that point, the Reds have stretched their unbeaten league run on dwelling soil to 66 video games and can look to add one other to the tally when West Brom arrive in city below the brand new administration of Sam Allardyce.
He changed Slaven Bilic earlier this month in a bid to maintain the Baggies away from the relegation zone having picked up only one win from their opening 14 video games.
They may come up towards a Liverpool outfit recent off the again of a file 7-0 win over Crystal Palace, a consequence which not solely boosted confidence and morale but additionally pushed the Reds 4 factors clear on the summit.
Klopp will know this fixture is not any simple three factors regardless of the desk suggesting in any other case, with Allardyce to set out his facet to frustrate in a possible smash and seize.
The Reds devoted can be anticipating all three factors which might arrive as a welcome late Christmas current, the place the hope can be that Liverpool can capitalise on different outcomes from Boxing Day.
Eventually, Liverpool don’t seem like the strolling wounded as gamers trickle again into the squad prepared to be referred to as upon by Klopp.
Importantly, no recent considerations emerged from the demolition job at Selhurst Park final time out to guarantee Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Kostas Tsimikas and Diogo Jota stay the lengthy-time period absentees.
However there was welcome information in the type of Thiago, James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri all returning to workforce coaching forward of West Brom‘s go to after their respective battles with harm.
The supervisor, nonetheless, was fast to insist that they “is not going to rush” the return of Thiago after he made the “first steps again in direction of workforce coaching” and subsequently he is not going to be current towards the Baggies.
Milner and Shaqiri are “nearer” to a return to motion and the good thing about an prolonged turnaround over the Christmas interval is one Klopp hopes to use to his benefit.
For the guests, they are going to be with out the suspended Jake Livermore whereas the sport can be to come too quickly for the likes of Conor Townsend, Hal Robson-Kanu and Kyle Bartley.
Potential West Brom XI: Johnstone; Furlong, Ajayi, O’Shea, Gibbs; Sawyers; Phillips, Pereira, Gallagher, Diangana; Grant
Final 5 at Dwelling to West Brom (All Competitions)
Misplaced 3-2 – January 2018 (Firmino, Salah; Rodriguez x2, Matip OG)
Drew 0-0 – December 2017
Received 2-1 – October 2016 (Mane, Coutinho; McAuley)
Drew 2-2 – December 2015 (Henderson, Origi; Dawson, Olsson)
Received 2-1 – October 2014 (Lallana, Henderson; Berahino)
Did You Know?
Sam Allardyce is the final supervisor to have walked away from Anfield with a Premier League victory, that was over 1344 days in the past in April 2017.
He was supervisor of Crystal Palace in their 2-1 win, the place ex-Purple Christian Benteke’s double was sufficient to sink the Reds which in flip kickstarted a 66-sport unbeaten league run at Anfield.
It was the one time in six conferences that Klopp has tasted defeat towards Allardyce having additionally met in clashes towards Everton and Sunderland since he arrived at Liverpool in 2015.
Klopp has a file of two wins, three attracts and a defeat towards his counterpart and can little question be keen to add one other to the win column on Sunday.
Liverpool – Final 5 outcomes (all competitions)
Received 7-0 vs. Crystal Palace
Received 2-1 vs. Tottenham
Drew 1-1 vs. Fulham
Drew 1.1 vs. Midtjylland
Received 4-0 vs. Wolves
West Brom – Final 5 outcomes (all competitions)
Misplaced 3-0 vs. Aston Villa
Drew 1-1 vs. Man Metropolis
Misplaced 2-1 vs. Newcastle
Misplaced 5-1 vs. Crystal Palace
Received 1-0 vs. Sheffield United
Talking in his pre-match press convention, Klopp was below no illusions as to how the sport will unfold, anticipating West Brom to be pragmatic and “tough”:
“It’s a difficult one. We analysed this morning [Thursday] and it’s a mixture of Everton when Sam was there and, after all, his first and final sport towards Aston Villa.
“What I anticipate is a tricky opponent, it was all the time robust towards Sam Allardyce groups. Properly organised, don’t make an enormous fuss of possession and in the scenario West Brom is in anyway will probably be a correct battle.
“Sam is a confirmed specialist for organising groups for these sorts of fights so we anticipate a tricky sport clearly.”
TV & Liveblog Information
Liverpool vs. West Brom kicks off at 4.30pm (GMT) and can be proven live in the UK on Sky Sports activities Premier League and Important Occasion, with protection from 4.15pm.
Chris Williams will maintain you entertained and up to date with all of the motion on our traditional matchday live weblog, ranging from 3.45pm.