Liverpool vs. West Brom
Saturday, January 27, 2018 — 7:45pm (GMT)
FA Cup Fourth Round
Referee: Craig Pawson
Just when you think those Reds are on an unstoppable march, they decide to go and lose 1-0 to bottom-of-the-table Swansea City.
Monday’s defeat was a terrible one – a loss that cannot be blamed on anything, other than almost every single player experiencing an off night.
This is not a time for a meltdown, however, with the defeat Liverpool’s first since October, and they are still battling across three fronts this season.
Neither team is expected to be at full-strength, with both Klopp and Alan Pardew having one eye on league commitments in midweek.
It is still a competition that Liverpool have to take seriously this season, though, having not won a trophy in six years.
Ending the drought would be a weight off the manager and the players’ backs, even if it is very much third in the list of priorities in 2017/18.
You would expect Liverpool to have too much for their opponents on Saturday, although the 0-0 between the two sides last months showed what the Baggies are capable of.
An immediate response is required from the Reds – expect them to deliver it.
Last Meeting: Liverpool 0-0 West Brom
As mentioned, a number of changes are expected to be made.
In goal, Klopp has confirmed Simon Mignolet will start.
Emre Can has played a lot of football of late, so it would be a big surprise if he was named in Klopp’s starting lineup.
Last 5 at Home to West Brom
Liverpool 0-0 West Brom – December 13, 2017
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)
Did You Know?
Liverpool have exited the FA Cup at this stage in each of the last two seasons.
This time last year, a terrible performance at home to Wolves saw Klopp’s men eliminated, while in 2015/16, Angelo Ogbonna’s last-minute extra-time goal for West Ham knocked the Reds out in a replay.
Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)
West Brom – Last five results (all competitions)
There was little said about Saturday’s opponents in the pre-match press conference, with not a single question on West Brom from journalists.
Instead Klopp ruled out new signings, said Ings was in a good way, delivered news of another injury for Lallana and said Danny Ward won’t getting a game. So that was fun.
TV & Live Blog Info
The Reds’ clash with the Baggies is BT Sport 2’s game of choice, with coverage getting started at 7:30pm (GMT). Kick-off is at 7:45pm.
Henry Jackson is running our live blog from 7pm, with minute-by-minute updates during the match.