Liverpool vs. West Brom
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 — 8pm (GMT)
Referee: Paul Tierney
Just when you think everything is going swimmingly, Liverpool somehow go and drop points against a cynical, defensive-minded Everton.
Quite how Sam Allardyce’s team took a 1-1 draw from Anfield remains a mystery, but it is a result that cannot afford to derail the Reds’ momentum.
The Baggies are without a win in 15 games, going all the way back to August, and Alan Pardew is still taking time to settle having replaced Tony Pulis as manager.
All on eyes will be on Klopp on Wednesday, having cut an angry figure after the weekend’s match.
The manager has taken plenty of flak for his selection in the derby, and there are sure to be more changes made on Wednesday, as the manager retains a freshness within his squad.
A potentially freezing cold Anfield awaits its latest hosting duties—hopefully a huge response is on show by those brilliant but infuriating Reds.
Last Meeting: West Brom 0-1 Liverpool
Klopp has confirmed that Adam Lallana is training normally with the rest of the squad, but he won’t make his second appearance of 2017/18 on Wednesday.
There are “one or two” injury doubts following the derby according to Klopp, so second-guessing his starting lineup is a tough task.
West Brom injuries are without Craig Dawson, James Morrison and Nacer Chadli, but Pardew has an otherwise fit squad to choose from.
Last 5 at Home to West Brom
Liverpool 2-1 West Brom – October 22, 2016 (Mane, Coutinho; McAuley)
Liverpool 2-2 West Brom – December 13, 2015 (Henderson, Origi; Dawson, Olsson)
Liverpool 2-1 West Brom – October 4, 2014 (Lallana, Henderson; Berahino)
Liverpool 4-1 West Brom – October 26, 2013 (Suarez x3, Sturridge; Morrison pen)
Liverpool 0-2 West Brom – February 11, 2013 (McAuley, Lukaku)
Did You Know?
West Brom have won just one of the last 10 meetings with Liverpool—a 2-0 victory at Anfield in February 2013.
Steven Gerrard missed a penalty that night, with Gareth McAuley and Romelu Lukaku scoring for the visitors.
Three of the last five matches have been drawn.
Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)
West Brom – Last five results (all competitions)
Speaking at Melwood on Tuesday, Klopp assessed the task at hand for Pardew, acknowledging the difficulty of working with another manager’s squad:
“They did the squad in the summer, for a specific type of football, so it’s still long balls, still set-pieces, very physical, that’s how it is,” he told reporters.
“You can only judge after much more time than Alan had so far.
“They need points, they’re not in comfortable situation. It’s not a worrying situation, [but] they started really well then obviously the situation changed.
“We know what we can expect but [it is a] home game for us, that’s all I have to say about that.”
TV & Live Blog Info
The match is not live on UK television, so make sure you follow our matchday live blog instead, with minute-by-minute updates throughout the evening.
Henry Jackson is there to talk you through the action from 7.15pm (GMT), with kickoff at 8pm.