Liverpool welcome West Bromwich Albion to Anfield on Monday night looking to keep alive their hopes of a top-four finish. Boss Brendan Rodgers still harbours hope of defying the football betting odds by leading the Reds to qualification for the Champions League next season despite the fact his side head into the game sitting in eight place in the Premier League table.
They will reclaim seventh with a win tonight but will still be a full nine points off fourth-placed Tottenham so maximum points this evening are vital to maintain their hopes of returning to Europe’s elite competition next year.
Rodgers side will be buoyed by their recent displays after securing back-to-back 2-2 draws away at Arsenal and Manchester City and will hope to extend their three-game unbeaten run in the league this evening.
After their early season promise, West Brom’s form has nosedived in recent weeks but they are only two points behind the hosts and could move back up to eight if they can repeat last seasons shock 1-0 win at Anfield.
Steve Clarke’s men secured a 3-0 win over Liverpool on the opening day of the season but have lost six of their last eight games in all competitions so will be desperate to secure a league double over the Merseysiders to get their season back on track.
Liverpool will give striker Daniel Sturridge until the last minute to prove his fitness but he’s likely to be passed fit to play the game and start up front against West Brom.
Martin Skrtel could come back in after losing his place to Jamie Carragher in recent weeks. Winger Raheem Sterling is an injury doubt but Brendan Rodgers is likely to stick with Stewart Downing on the right with Luis Suarez on the left.
New signing Philippe Coutinho has taken part in his first weeks training since moving from Inter Milan but is expected to be on the bench at best.
Steve Clarke will be without left-back Goran Popov with the defender due to start a three-match ban after being sent-off against Tottenham for spitting at Kyle Walker.
Midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu is expected to come in after recovering from a knee problem while Peter Odemwingie is likely to be on the bench after being left out entirely against Spurs last week.
WBA are in poor form having won none of their last six league games while Liverpool have been hugely impressive in recent weeks, so we can only see one outcome here….a Liverpool win. Liverpool 2-0 West Brom.
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