In-form West Brom take on the cup holders Liverpool in an intriguing clash at the Hawthorns. Steve Clarke’s men are currently sitting pretty in fourth position in the Premier League after claiming three wins from their five games so far this season and will be high in confidence facing a Liverpool side that have yet to win in the league under new manager Brendan Rodgers and currently lie in a lowly 18th after three defeats from five.
Steve Clarke has several different options to choose from if he wishes to rotate his squad for the cup clash, particularly up front where Clarke can choose from the in-form Romelu Lukaku, Shane Long, Marc-Antoine Fortune and Markus Rosenberg, although Peter Odemwingie remains suspended after his red card at Fulham.
Elsehwere, James Morrison and Jerome Thomas will miss the game, along with potentially Goran Popov and Steven Reid, the latter of which has been missing since the fixture between these two sides on the opening day of the season, which the Baggies triumphed 3-0.
Brendan Rodgers looks set to play a similar team to the won that won in Switzerland in the Europa League last week with the likes of Jose Enrique, Jamie Carragher, Jordan Henderson, Nuri Sahin and Stewart Downing in line to feature alongside youngsters Andre Wisdom and Suso, the latter made a steady debut off the bench against Manchester United on the weekend. 16-year-old Jerome Sinclair has also been named in the first team squad for the game and could become Liverpool’s youngest ever player if he features.
Liverpool’s lack of attacking options, particularly with Fabio Borini missing through injury, means that Luis Suarez could continue in attack though Rodgers could replace him with 18-year-old Samed Yesil. Elsewhere, Daniel Agger sits out while Martin Kelly is ruled out until the new year with a cruciate ligament injury.
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