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Apr 21, 2018 at 12.30pm UK at ​The Hawthorns
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West BromWest Bromwich Albion
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Liverpool
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Ings (4'), Salah (72')
Moreno (69')

Preview: West Bromwich Albion vs. Liverpool - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews the Premier League action as bottom-placed West Bromwich Albion welcome Liverpool to The Hawthorns.

West Bromwich Albion welcome Liverpool to The Hawthorns in the Premier League as caretaker coach Darren Moore aims to build from last weekend's standout win over Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool take on Roma in the Champions League on Tuesday and will be aiming to continue their unbeaten run heading into the crucial semi-final first leg at Anfield next week.


West Bromwich Albion

Salomon Rondon in jazz hands action for West Bromwich Albion against Southampton on February 3, 2018© Offside

The Baggies lifted their relegation blues last weekend after producing a memorable 1-0 win against Manchester United, handing Pep Guardiola's Manchester City the Premier League crown.

Since the departure of Alan Pardew, caretaker boss Moore has overseen a much-needed lift in fortunes for the bottom-of-the-table outfit.

Moore has overseen a 1-1 draw against Swansea City and the victory over Jose Mourinho's charges to help the club delay their relegation from the top flight.

Such has been West Brom's plight this term, the four points that Moore has earned in two games is as many as the Baggies have been able to put together in their previous 10 games prior to those fixtures.

Moore has already stated that he wants to be a part of the West Brom coaching team once a new manager is appointed, while the club have already started to make changes having sacked technical director Nick Hammond and brought in Guiliano Terraneo to help find a new manager.

The Championship still appears the obvious destination for the Baggies despite the shock win over United, and most West Brom fans will already be preparing themselves for a 46-game league season next term. The Midlands club could be relegated this weekend should results go against them.

The Baggies have won just twice at home all season and therein lies a major indicator of the club's problems this campaign. Added to that, West Brom have notched only 27 league goals, the joint-fewest alongside Huddersfield Town and Swansea.

United looked like an insurmountable task for Moore and he will again be up against tough opponents when he welcomes a Liverpool side that West Brom have failed to beat in their last nine league meetings.

Recent form: LLLLDW


Liverpool

Mohamed Salah scores during the Champions League quarter-final second leg between Manchester City and Liverpool on April 10, 2018© Offside

Much of Liverpool's season is now dependent on how they progress in the Champions League, given that a top-four finish is all but sealed for Klopp's men.

The Reds bounced back from a frustrating goalless draw in the Merseyside derby by claiming a resounding 3-0 win over Bournemouth at Anfield last weekend, moving the club seven points clear of fifth-placed Chelsea.

Mohamed Salah scored again in the win over Eddie Howe's charges, and the Egyptian is now just another strike away from equalling Luis Suarez's Liverpool record of 31 goals in a Premier League campaign. Alan Shearer and Cristiano Ronaldo also hold the same record for other clubs.

The 25-year-old is showing no signs of slowing down as he hopes to beat Harry Kane to the Golden Boot come the end of the season. Salah has scored in nine of his 11 league appearances since the start of the calendar year.

Liverpool are welcoming Roma to Anfield on Tuesday evening in the Champions League semi-finals, potentially leaving Klopp with some key decisions to make with his starting XI early on Saturday afternoon. Will Klopp keep Salah fresh for Europe, or let him run riot again in the top flight as he searches for more records to break?

Alongside Salah and Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino has been another standout performer in the Reds' dynamic front three. The Brazilian has now been directly involved in four goals in his last four games against the Baggies.

Klopp will be wanting to keep things ticking over domestically despite European distractions as his side aim to further a six-game unbeaten run in all competitions that has also seen Liverpool bag five wins in the process.

That run has arguably given the Reds some desirable momentum heading into a tricky two-legged tie with I Giallorossi and they will be aiming to keep up the winning feeling around the club ahead of the visit of Eusebio Di Francesco's side.

Recent form: WLWWDW
Recent form (all competitions): WWDWWW


Team News

Mohamed Salah celebrates during the Premier League game between Liverpool and Watford on March 17, 2018© Offside

Moore could opt for the same side that beat United at Old Trafford, but the coach may be boosted by the return of Jonny Evans and forward Hal Robson-Kanu.

Striker Daniel Sturridge is ineligible to play against his parent club. Gareth Barry and Nacer Chadli are doubtful, while James Morrison is ruled out through injury.

Salah, Mane and Firmino are all crucial for Tuesday's Champions League tie and Klopp might just choose to rotate his strikers. The coach has Dominic Solanke and Danny Ings to pick from too.

Klopp could recall Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren as they aim to make their respective returns from injury, although Adam Lallana, Emre Can, Joel Matip and Nathaniel Clyne are all set to miss out.

West Bromwich Albion possible starting lineup:
Foster; Nyom, Dawson, Hegazi, Gibbs; Phillips, Livermore, Brunt, McClean; Rodriguez, Rondon

Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Klavan, van Dijk, Moreno; Wijnaldum, Milner, Henderson; Solanke, Mane, Ings


Head To Head

The clubs met earlier in the league when they played out a goalless draw at Anfield as part of a nine-game run in the league that has seen the Reds undefeated against West Brom.

Elsewhere, the Baggies did produce a shock this campaign when they knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup with a VAR-tainted 3-2 win at Anfield in January.

West Brom last beat Liverpool at home in the league courtesy of a 3-0 victory in 2012. The Baggies have, however, been unable to score in seven of their 11 Premier League games against the Reds at The Hawthorns.


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We say: West Bromwich Albion 0-2 Liverpool

Liverpool will be hoping to keep themselves in a winning habit ahead of a crucial Champions League game in midweek. What better game to ask for when coming up against a side that has been unable to beat Liverpool in nine league meetings?

West Brom will be buoyed by the result against United and the Baggies can also fall back on that 3-2 win over Liverpool in the FA Cup this term.

That said, West Brom's lack of home wins and minimal goal return will place Moore's side at the mercy of Liverpool should they go behind in the game.


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