Liverpool will look to right a few wrongs against West Brom this Monday night after being on the receiving end of a 3-0 thumping from the Baggies at the Hawthorns on the opening day of the season. The Reds were caught cold that day, and never recovered from a Zolton Gera thunderbolt on the stroke of half time.
Brendan Rogers side were excellent last weekend against Manchester City, and would have taken all three points if it were not for Pepe Reina’s ill-timed rush of blood to the head. Monday night’s game will be an opportunity for Liverpool to finally beat a side in the top half of the table this season, and it is imperative that they win to keep tabs on Everton & Arsenal above them.
West Brom are on a poor run of form of late, only managing one point from their last six league games. They have been in the headlines for the wrong reasons lately, with first the now infamous Peter Odemwingie transfer debacle, and then to cap off a horrible week altogether, Goran Popov was given his marching orders against Tottenham for spitting at Kyle Walker.
This is the first real test for West Brom boss Steve Clarke, since he took over at the Hawthorns. His side had an excellent start to the season, but this is the first time he finds himself under real pressure, with his side without a win in six games. West Brom came away from Anfield last season with all three points thanks to an Odemwingie strike, there first win at Anfield since 1967, but will face a much stiffer task on Monday night.
It’s hard to believe, but Liverpool have the best home defensive record in the Premier League, only conceding ten league goals at Anfield this season, one less than Man City and Chelsea. There may only be two points and two places between the sides in the league table, but Liverpool should continue their good run of form and prove their dominance over the visitors.
The partnership of Suarez and Sturridge has sparked real life into the Liverpool team, and it appears to have given a lift to all the players around them. Steven Gerrard has silenced his critics with some scintillating performances in recent weeks, and his goal against Man City last week rubber-stamped his importance to the side.
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