With hopes of silverware all gone for another season, Liverpool will aim to lift themselves by claiming victory at West Bromwich Albion, where they have won just once in their last four league visits.
The West Midlands side are now on the brink of safety after their terrific victory at in-form Crystal Palace, where they impressively nullified the threat on the flanks to move on to 36 points and end a three-match losing run. Appointing Tony Pulis as Head Coach has reaped rewards for another Premier League club.
They will now want to rediscover their strong home form which they showed before the end of March, and there will renewed confidence throughout the squad after James Morrison and Craig Gardner made up for the club’s lack of goals from midfield this season by scoring at Selhurst Park.
Liverpool will be massively frustrated after their dismal FA Cup loss at the hands of a superior Aston Villa, and they cannot expect an easy afternoon here, with Morrison and Claudio Yacob intent on not giving them any time to play their patient passing game.
Manager Brendan Rodgers is now under pressure after going a third season without winning a trophy and facing the possibility of missing out on the top four. He will demand much more intensity from his side than what they showed at Wembley. Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson are their only outfield players in decent form.
West Brom will be without the services of injured goalkeeper Ben Foster and ineligible defender Andre Wisdom. There are also doubts over the fitness of Craig Dawson.
Lucas Leiva, Mamadou Sakho and Daniel Sturridge are among Liverpool’s high-profile absentees, but Adam Lallana might return after a few weeks out.
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