Liverpool are under pressure to claim their first Premier League victory in over a month when they host a West Bromwich Albion side which has won three successive games.
An improved performances was no consolation for Liverpool as they conceded a stunning late equaliser to draw the Merseyside derby with Everton, a game which saw Steven Gerrard prove a point with a fine free-kick.
They were made to pay for not grabbing a second goal, ensuring this is a game in which they cannot afford to drop points, already lying nine points below leaders Chelsea. A labouring display in Basel on Wednesday did little to boost morale, and there are plenty of questions being aimed in the Reds’ direction which they will hope to answer here.
It has been a fine last two weeks for Albion and their Head Coach Alan Irvine, with a fully deserved victory at Tottenham being followed by a late rallying comeback against Hull City in the Capital One Cup and a thoroughly dominant dismantling of struggling Burnley last time out.
The latter was a tremendous display, with striker Saido Berahino suggesting that he has a big future ahead of him, scoring twice to take his tally to five for the season, and with Liverpool struggling defensively, he will fancy his chances of adding to it.
Home boss Brendan Rodgers is still waiting on the fitness of striker Daniel Sturridge, but is definitely without Joe Allen, Emre Can, Jon Flanagan, Glen Johnson and Mamadou Sakho.
For West Brom, Andre Wisdom cannot play against his parent club, so Costa Rican Cristian Gamboa will make his first Premier League start. Silvestre Varela misses out through injury.
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