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Melwood Today: West Brom vs Liverpool Preview

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It’s the morning of the big kick off as we prepare for the trip down to The Hawthorns to face our former manager Roy Hodgson – the man who lasted just 191 days at Anfield (the shortest managerial reign in Liverpool’s history).

Saturday’s Premier League Action

We’re on course for a magical day of football with the morning fixtures kicking off with Manchester United’s trip to Everton quickly followed by Chelsea v Arsenal.

Saturday’s Premier League Fixtures

12:00 Everton v Man Utd
12:45 Chelsea v Arsenal
15:00 Man City v Wolves
15:00 Norwich v Blackburn
15:00 Sunderland v Aston Villa
15:00 Swansea v Bolton
15:00 Wigan v Fulham
17:30 West Brom v Liverpool

Latest West Brom v Liverpool Team News

Carling CupWest Brom are unbeaten in their last 4 matches and come into the match with high confidence having beaten their local rivals Aston Villa 2-1 last weekend, the first time they won their derby match since 1979.

Liverpool Kenny Dalglish has given Luis Suarez until the last minute to prove his fitness ahead of todays match. Suarez picked up an ankle knock in the midweek Carling Cup win over Stoke and was substituted two minutes before the end. Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson will be looking for a place in the starting line up after being rested for our Carling Cup match with Stoke in midweek.

Provisional squad: Reina, Kelly, Carragher, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique, Henderson, Gerrard, Adam, Downing, Lucas, Kuyt, Suarez, Doni, Johnson, Coates, Aurelio, Flanagan, Spearing, Rodriguez, Bellamy, Carroll, Robinson, Wilson.

West Brom Republic of Ireland’s Shane Long is out with a knee injury after Allan Hutton challenge last weekend which means either Somen Tchoyi or Simon Cox should be partnering Peter Odemwingie up front. Meanwhile West Brom are expected to welcome midfielders Paul Scharner and Graham Dorrans back into the squad following knee injuries while winger Jerome Thomas is also expected to be fit.

Provisional squad: Foster, Fulop, Reid, Jones, Jara, Olsson, McAuley, Dawson, Tamas, Mattock, Shorey, Brunt, Morrison, Mulumbu, Scharner, Dorrans, Thomas, Gera, Tchoyi, Odemwingie, Cox, Fortune.

Match Officials

Lee Mason is the man in charge of our game later today against West Brom. This season Mason has already dished out 35 yellow and two red cards in just nine matches. Last season Mason showed 135 yellow and five red cards in 135 games. We predict at least “one” yellow card then in this game!!

Referee:  L Mason.
Assistants:  G Beswick, M McDonough
Fourth Official:  N Swarbrick

A Day of LFC Premier League Records?

Today could be a day of Premier League records for Liverpool… If Craig Bellamy features in our game later today, he’ll make his 250th career Premier League appearance, while Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel can both make their 100th outings in the Premier League if they feature at the Hawthorns… Also, a win for Liverpool could see us reach 1,300 Premier League points..

2 Clean Sheets in 12 Games

Carling CupSo far this season, Liverpool have only managed to keep just two clean sheets in 12 league and cup games. Both of these clean sheets however came against sides (Arsenal and Everton) reduced to 10 men…. Speaking on the subject yesterday, Kenny Dalglish revealed clean sheets are a reflection on everybody, not just the goalkeeper.

“The most important thing is if you don’t lose a goal, the least you’re coming away with is a point. It’s important for the pride of some people not to lose a goal, but the greatest importance of all for everybody is for us to walk off the pitch with a victory.

Somebody might be disappointed they’ve not scored a goal, somebody might be disappointed they’ve made a mistake that cost us a goal, but the disappointment wanes a bit when we walk off the pitch with three points – everybody is exactly the same. They all love their own personal goals and challenges to meet, and I’m sure Pepe has got his, but the biggest challenge of all is for us is to try and win matches and that’s what we’re going to try and do.”

Dont forget you can watch West Brom v Liverpool live on ESPN (UK and USA).

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