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Preview: Liverpool vs. West Bromwich Albion

Sports Mole looks ahead to this weekend's Premier League encounter at Anfield between Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion.

Liverpool return to Anfield this weekend in a bid to keep their position in the top four in the Premier League table by grabbing maximum points from West Bromwich Albion.

Manager Brendan Rodgers will welcome former Liverpool assistant boss Steve Clarke to Merseyside this weekend when his side, who currently sit third in the table and two points adrift of leaders Arsenal, go up against the Baggies.

Despite having both strikers Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge in scoring form, the Reds could only salvage a 2-2 draw against Newcastle United last week, while West Brom failed to break the deadlock in a goalless draw with Stoke City.

The 12th-placed Baggies had success in this fixture last season, thanks to a single goal from Peter Odemwingie, who left The Hawthorns for Cardiff City this summer, but Clarke's men have only snatched one victory away from home so far this season.

While this game has come too soon for the return of midfielder Philippe Coutinho, Rodgers is expected to have Lucas Leiva available for selection after he missed last weekend's encounter due to the birth of his daughter.

For West Brom, Victor Anichebe, who previously played for Liverpool's local rivals Everton, is likely to lead the line for the visitors.

Recent form

Liverpool: WDLWWD

West Bromwich Albion: LDWWDD

Possible starting lineups

Liverpool: Mignolet; Toure, Skrtel, Sakho; Johnson, Lucas, Gerrard, Cissokho; Moses; Suarez, Sturridge

West Bromwich Albion: Myhill; Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Amalfitano, Yacob, Sessgnon, Mulumbu, Berahino; Anichebe

Sports Mole says: 2-1

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West Bromwich Albion's Scottish manager Steve Clarke awaits kick off in the English Premier League football match between West Bromwich Albion and Swansea City at The Hawthorns in West Bromwich, central England, on September 1, 2013
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