EPL: Liverpool vs West Bromwich Albion Preview

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Liverpool vs West Brom Albion Preview
Liverpool, Feb 11: A top-four finish is not impossible for Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers' side are steadily improving their performances especially in their recent away games against Arsenal and Manchester City.

On the opening day of the season, Liverpool would have never imagined West Brom could thrash them 3-0 at home. Liverpool under Rodgers looked demoralised with that defeat and questions were being raised about Liverpool's performance.

But 25 games on since August, Liverpool have now climbed up the table and are proving to be hard to beat.

The Baggies, on the other hand, have stayed in the top 10 for the entire season. But Steve Clarke's side, who are just two points below Liverpool on ninth place, are going through a run of five defeats in six league games.

They last won a match on Boxing Day against lowly QPR and have since struggled to perform at the level they did earlier in the season.

Team News

Daniel Sturridge will be given a late fitness test over a thigh injury. Raheem Sterling has returned to full fitness while new signing Philippe Coutinho may be handed his debut.

West Brom will miss defender Goran Popov, who begins his three-match suspension for spitting at Tottenham's kyle Walker. Peter Odemwingie could get the nod after being disciplined by West Brom for lashing out at the club via twitter.

Trivia:

*West Brom have not beaten Liverpool at home and away games since the 1966-67 season.

*West Brom kept four clean sheets in 10 league games, but managed to keep only one in the next 15 matches.

*Liverpool have won their previous three games at Anfield without conceding a goal.

*West Brom are yet to keep a clean sheet away from home.

Probable Lineups:

Liverpool (4-3-3): Reina-Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Enrique-Henderson, Lucas-Sturridge, Gerrard, Downing-Suarez.

West Brom Albion (4-4-2): Foster-Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Jones-Dorrans, Mulumbu, Morrison, Brunt-Lukaku, Long.

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