Reds seek progress to 5th round for first time under Klopp – Liverpool vs. West Brom Preview

26 January 2018

Liverpool host West Brom in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday evening, as they look to reach the last-16 for just the fourth time in the last nine attempts.


Liverpool vs. West Brom

Saturday, January 27, 2018 — 7:45pm (GMT)
Anfield
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.

The Premier League makes way for the FA Cup this weekend, as Jurgen Klopp‘s side welcome a struggling West Brom side to Anfield.

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

 

Team News

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Boxing Day, Tuesday, December 26, 2017: Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates scoring the third goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Swansea City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

As mentioned, a number of changes are expected to be made.

In goal, Klopp has confirmed Simon Mignolet will start.

Trent Alexander-Arnold will likely start at right-back, while Dejan Lovren is fit to return so could partner Virgil van Dijk and give Joel Matip a rest. Ragnar Klavan is ruled out.

Alberto Moreno‘s fitness isn’t clear, so Andy Robertson could continue at left-back.

In midfield, Jordan Henderson could return, but Adam Lallana is ruled out with another injury. James Milner will be hoping for a 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.

The same applies to the front-three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and especially Roberto Firmino, so Danny Ings or Dominic Solanke could get some minutes under their belt.

Daniel Sturridge is also in contention, while Ben Woodburn could use a game after being denied a loan move this month.

West Brom‘s only absentees are James Morrison and Nacer Chadli, but Pardew will freshen his personnel, ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Man City.

 

Last 5 at Home to West Brom

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 13, 2017: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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, ENGLAND - Saturday, January 28, 2017: Liverpool's goalkeeper Loris Karius looks dejected as Wolverhampton Wanderers score the opening goal during the FA Cup 4th Round match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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.

 

Form

SWANSEA, WALES - Monday, January 22, 2018: Swansea City's Alfie Mawson celebrates scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Swansea City FC and Liverpool FC at the Liberty Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)

Lost 1-0 vs. Swansea
Won 4-3 vs. Man City
Won 2-1 vs. Everton
Won 2-1 vs. Burnley
Won 2-1 vs. Leicester

West Brom – Last five results (all competitions)

Drew 1-1 vs. Everton
Won 2-0 vs. Brighton
Won 2-0 vs. Exeter
Lost 2-1 vs. West Ham
Drew 1-1 vs. Arsenal

 

Klopp’s View

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

General view of a spidercam - Anfield, television camera (Peter Byrne/PA Wire.)

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.

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