West Brom Face Red-Hot Reds

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Liverpool's firepower comes from Sturridge and Suarez. Image courtesy of thinkfootball.co.uk

With just one win in its last 11 EPL outings, West Bromwich Albion is desperate to bag all three points against Liverpool at The Hawthorns to move clear of the relegation zone. But it won’t be easy - the Baggies have only had a couple of days to recover mentally and physically after a heart-breaking 4-3 loss to at Aston Villa. The other problem for WBA; the number of times it has been forced to share the points this season. In 23 outings, it has recorded 10 draws, four wins and nine losses. That leaves the Baggies precarious on 22 points, just three points clear of the bottom three. A positive for Pepe Mel’s men, three of their four victories this campaign have come at home – 1-0 over Newcastle, 2-0 against Crystal Palace and 3-0 over Sunderland.

Unbeaten in the New Year, Liverpool has scored at least one goal in each of its last 13 matches, while in 74 per cent of its games there have been over 2.5 goals scored in total. The Reds’ radar is pretty good on the road as well, with Brendan Rodgers’ side scoring at least once in 91 per cent of away games. Away from the Merseyside, Liverpool has thumped Stoke 5-3, Tottenham 5-0 , and Sunderland 3-1 . They also get out of the blocks fast, scoring the first goal in 74 per cent of their matches.

Liverpool has won three and drawn one of its last four games. In that period, they’ve found the net 13 times – Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez have four each, one more than captain Steven Gerrard. Last start, the Reds crushed Everton in the Merseyside derby 4-0 . Suarez scored in that game. The Uruguayan also netted a hat-trick when the Reds routed West Brom 4-1 at the Emirates in late October.

Off the pitch, Liverpool has been linked with AC Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong to cover for injured Brazilian Lucas. The club is also closing in on Ukranian winger Yevhen Konoplyanka.

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