Preview Stats: Liverpool v West Brom

Liverpool v West Brom
Monday 11th February, 8pm, Anfield

Liverpool host West Brom at Anfield on Monday night looking to avenge the opening day 3-0 defeat to the Baggies.

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- A stunning strike from Steven Gerrard was not enough to earn his Liverpool side a victory as they were held to a 2-2 draw at Manchester City last weekend.

- Steven Gerrard will be looking to build on his striking performance against Brazil this weekend, hopefully adding to his huge total of 755 passes completed in the opponent’s half this season.

- Brendan Rogers will no doubt have been delighted with the recent form of Daniel Agger in the Reds defence. The Danish international has made a positive defensive contribution once every 12.2 minutes this season according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.

- Jose Enrique is another who looks to be hitting top defensive form, establishing the best tackle success rate in the Liverpool squad at 81% from 32 challenges.

- Expect to see Luis Suarez at the centre of Liverpool’s play this weekend as usual. The Uruguayan striker has either dribbled with the ball or completed a pass in the opponent’s half once every 3.9 minutes this season.

- West Brom fell victim to the talents of Gareth Bale last weekend as they went down 1-0 at home to Tottenham.

- Rumours are circulating that Romelu Lukaku might be extending his loan stay at West Brom beyond the end of this season and it’s not difficult to see why the Baggies would be keen to secure his services for a little while longer. He’s been on target in front of goal 37 times this season, bagging 9 goals along the way.

- Gareth McAuley continues to be one of Steve Clarke’s defensive rocks this season, racking up 236 positive defensive contributions this season at a rate of one every 9.9 minutes.

- Much of the Baggies’ best play moving forward often centres on Chris Brunt, the midfielder leading the West Brom squad for crosses with 43, collecting 5 assists along the way.

- Despite throwing himself into his defensive duties with enthusiasm, Youssouf Mulumbu would do well to curb some of his slightly more rash attempts at winning the ball. According to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index he leads the West Brom squad for attempted tackles with 78, yet has only won 47.4% of them.

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  • saraceninc

    Two decent results against strong opposition statistically we now usually mess up, poorer opposition and at home! Hope the stats are wrong, none of it really matters anymore as I think it very unlikely that we make 4th, maybe next year or the year after that or……

  • Redblooded Male

    The 3-0 they gave us on the opening day was soul destroying, & ruined the anticipation I had for the upcoming season. If we achieve nothing else this season we must avenge that loss. Those dodgy pens & red card Dowd awarded were also a sign of things to come. The less he refs our games the better, he should be investigated for fixing

  • LPOOL

    why r we playing monday and thrusday

  • Liverpoolfan

    Come on you Reds, 2-0 will be enough!

  • Butragenio

    Great progress under Brenda. Thanks god he has come to Liverpool. Exciting, exciting football. Cant wait till we start wrestling United for the league. Good nite.

  • Saraceninc

    Another great performance lads and at home, heading back to mid table where you really do belong , we are now also unable to beat teams below us, bring on QPR now and save their season!! pathetic

  • sideshow_bob

    Oh dear! So that answers that question then, champions league contenders or mid table mediocrity? Same old story in many ways, the form of the main stays drops slightly and the squad players fail to pick up the baton. Only those squad players used to cost 5-10m now they cost 15m +. It’s very hard on nights like this not to wonder whether the club can overcome the fundamental mismanagement it has endure over recent years. I am no BR hater, but even the current regime has been culpable. We all know the usual suspects, but BR spent 15m on Joe Allen in the summer and while he is not injured, he is still not on the pitch making a positive difference for LFC in a football match. That’s what it all comes down to – effectiveness. Don’t get me wrong, I still rate Joe as a prospect, but how long can the club go on paying astronomical sums of money for players that have zero effect for Liverpool on the football field. I mean think of like this, would Liverpool be any worse off this season if they hadn’t spent 25m on Allen and Borini? Probably not. These are worrying times indeed.

  • Rederik

    Wake up and smell the coffee we are not progressing, fourth place we will be lucky if we get fourteenth place at this rate, yes some supporters will gloss over these sh-t performances with the usual sh-t about the long term vision of J Henry, F.S.G and Brendan Rodgers but the fact is a few more results like this and B.R will be gone and then hopefully F.S.G will look for new owners who can afford to run a club like Liverpool F.C