Liverpool will have enjoyed less than a 66-hour break following on from their win at Old Trafford and Jurgen Klopp could be tempted to make a tweak or two.
It’s a busy and pressurised finish to the season for the Reds with top-four now back on the cards after two back-to-back wins and results elsewhere falling in Liverpool’s favour.
Ending the 2,615-day wait for victory on Man United‘s home soil will act as a welcome boost and ensure any lingering aches and pains will not be felt as deeply.
The phrase “three finals” has readily been uttered by Reds in recent days and the first of those comes against a Sam Allardyce side already having sealed their relegation fate.
For Klopp, however, that means the Baggies will have “good feelings to express yourself and just play football” and it is something Liverpool will need to be wary of.
They were stung in the reverse fixture and Liverpool can ill afford another setback, and here’s how Klopp could set up his side in pursuit of all three points.
It leaves few options to make a handful of changes, but Curtis Jones will be putting his hand up for selection after appearances off the bench in the last three.
Liverpool’s XI vs. West Brom
After sticking with the Phillips-Williams combination at Old Trafford against a pacey United outfit, it appears the duo have Klopp’s vote of confidence in the absence of Kabak.
With the pair settled in central defence for the third game running, it means Fabinho will continue to pull the strings in midfield in what could very well be an unchanged XI.
The timing between games may prove worrisome, but with Klopp having repeatedly stressed the need for rhythm and consistency, the good feeling can certainly be rolled into the Hawthorns.
Why change a winning formula that looks like this:
With the manager having shown a keen desire to keep his defence stable, the new faces would come in midfield and attack.
The second and final change would then see Mane make his return to the XI in place of Jota with the manager insisting he is “completely relaxed” about the post-match reaction from his No. 10:
There could also be a temptation to start all four forwards with a double-pivot in midfield, but with options limited off the bench the manager may hold off.
On paper, Liverpool should be too strong for the Baggies but this season they’ve been anything but convincing against teams at the bottom of the table. But that has to change against West Brom and the next two games to follow.