Liverpool vs West Bromwich Albion
Premier League, 2015-16
Date: Sunday, 13 December, 2015
Time: 16:00 BST
Venue: Anfield, Liverpool
Liverpool return from their 0-0 at Sion, Switzerland that won them their UEFA Europa League group, to host midtable West Brom on Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp can welcome back Philippe Coutinho after missing the past two Premier League games through injury, a massive boost for the Reds’ boss.
Newcastle put a sudden halt to Liverpool’s two-game winning streak in the league last Sunday with a surprise 2-0 win at St James’ Park. West Brom can certainly be confident of taking a result from Anfield following both that match and the home side being in action, abroad, midweek.
The Baggies are unbeaten in their last three – beating Arsenal, before drawing with West Ham and Tottenham, all current top half sides.
Tony Pulis’ side are only four points behind Liverpool heading into Matchday 16, with Klopp looking to close the gap on leaders Leicester, or at least the chasing pack, with fourth place Manchester United ahead by six points. The Premier League free betting tips from BettingExpert favour a Liverpool win – and luckily for the Anfield faithful, it’s Klopp and not Rodgers in charge, otherwise the match may have been lost already.
Liverpool vs West Brom Team News
Liverpool team news
The return of Philippe Coutinho is a massive boost for Liverpool this weekend as his creativity and threat on goal was severely missing versus Newcastle last weekend, and indeed the 1-0 win over Swansea the weekend before.
Mamadou Sakho is still out with a knee injury and Joe Gomez is done for the season.
Jordon Ibe is a doubt in midfield whilst Daniel Sturridge picked up a hamstring injury this week that is going to keep him out until the New Year.
West Brom team news
Ben Foster is the only long-term casualty for the Baggies and he’s been out all season.
Stephane Sessegnon is a doubt in midfield having picked up an injury in the 1-1 draw with Tottenham a week ago.
Liverpool vs West Brom possible lineups
Liverpool: Simon Mignolet; Nathaniel Clyne, Martin Škrtel, Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno; Emre Can, Lucas, James Milner, Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho; Christian Benteke
West Brom: Boaz Myhill; Craig Dawson, Gareth McAuley, Jonny Evans, Chris Brunt; Claudio Yacob, Darren Fletcher, Saido Berahino, James Morrison, James McClean; Salomon Rondon
Liverpool vs West Brom key stats
35 – West Brom have picked up the joint-most cards so far this season (34 yellow, 1 red)
43 – Liverpool have allowed the fewest shots on target against them in the Premier League heading into the weekend.
78% – Liverpool have won seven of the nine Premier League meetings between these two at Anfield
Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 West Brom