Jurgen Klopp is well aware his Liverpool side will face a direct, physical West Brom today, with the Baggies keen to take advantage of our weaknesses at the set-piece.
We’ve never beaten a Tony Pulis team away from home in the Premier League, with the Welsh manager infamous for his aggressive, defensive style.
Pulis’s team will look to win free-kicks and corners and score from these situations, which is something Liverpool have badly struggled with this term.
But Klopp’s been preparing his side all week for what they’ll face at the Hawthorns, joking that he won’t field a single player under 6ft. 3’…
“There will be no player under 6ft 3in on the pitch in a Liverpool shirt at the weekend,” Klopp said, reported in the Birmingham Mail. “We’re still looking for a few!
“There was one full session on Wednesday when the weather was not too good, and it was very windy. That was the main thing we did: Defending set-pieces.
“Everybody had to react all the time because of the wind, so I thought it made sense to use these circumstances for doing this.
“It worked well. It was not perfect because that was not possible, but it worked really well.
“We have to be spot on in these situations.”
With Spurs and Manchester City winning easily on Saturday, it’s crucial we keep the pace in the race for the top four.
A slip-up puts Arsenal and Manchester United right back in the reckoning and finishing outside the Champions League places would represent a very poor season considering our cup failures.