Match Preview: West Brom vs Liverpool (1.30pm)

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Liverpool could close the gap on third place Chelsea to just one point with a win a The Hawthorns on Sunday afternoon.

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 18, 2012: Liverpool's Luis Alberto Suarez Diaz in action against West Bromwich Albion's Claudio Yacob during the opening Premiership match of the season at the Hawthorns. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

West Brom vs Liverpool
Sunday, 2nd February 2014; 1.30pm kick-off
Premier League
The Hawthorns

Brendan Rodgers had the most miserable of starts to his time at Liverpool in this fixture last season — when Steve Clarke’s West Brom disposed of the Reds 3-0 on the opening day of the season.

The two clubs have gone very separate ways since then, with Rodgers cementing his football philosophy and the team and throughout Liverpool Football Club, whilst the Baggies have parted with Clarke and are now embroiled in a relegation battle.

The opposition

West Brom go into this home clash against Liverpool sitting just once place above the relegation zone, level on points with 18th placed West Ham.

Now being led by Spaniard Pepe Mel, the side from the Black Country haven’t won since New Years’ Day when they defeated Newcastle at the Hawthorns.

Since then, they went out of the FA Cup at home to Crystal Palace, lost at Southampton, held Everton at home, and this week narrowly lost 4-3 away at local rivals Aston Villa.

The Baggies are without former Liverpool striker Nicolas Anelka, who suffered a bad knee inujury during the defeat at Villa Park in midweek. Stephane Sessegnon also misses out.

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 18, 2012: Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard in action against West Bromwich Albion's Claudio Yacob during the opening Premiership match of the season at the Hawthorns. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Team news

Liverpool meanwhile go into this game brimming with confidence after beating local rivals and fellow-Champions League pace chasers Everton in midweek.

With the Toffees having won on Saturday, a win is all the more important for Rodgers’ side, who welcome back Joe Allen from injury.

However, Daniel Agger, Mamadou Sakho, Glen Johnson, Lucas Leiva and Jose Enrique are all still sidelined.

TV coverage

The match is live on Sky Sports 1 in the UK, but there is no Match of the Day, which has been moved to Monday night.

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