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Liverpool eye win against West Brom to improve EPL position

Photo Courtesy: Standard.co.uk
Photo Courtesy: Standard.co.uk

Liverpool play hosts to West Bromwich Albion as they look to improve their current position in the EPL.

Liverpool

The Reds have obviously not been very impressive the EPL this season, with the Merseyside club currently sitting in 10th place, following six wins, five draws and four defeats so far.

Following their below pair performances in the Premier League and the Champions League in 2014/15, Liverpool seemed determined to turn things  around this season. As a result, they spent a good deal of money in the transfer market this summer, bringing in the likes of Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino and Nathaniel Clyne from Aston Villa,  1899 Hoffenheim and Southampton respectively.

Following the arrival of these players, success in 2015/16 seemed certain for the Reds, especially after their impressive run in the preseason fixtures (where they won five out of six games).

The Merseyside club continued their impressive form in the opening stages of the new EPL season, recording back-to-back wins in their first two games against Stoke City and Bournemouth.

However, the Reds’ good form did not last for long as they only managed to record a single win from their next six EPL fixtures. This proved to be the final nail in the coffin of Brendan Rodgers (who took charge in the summer of 2012) as he was sacked in early October, following the Reds’ 1-1 draw against Merseyside rivals Everton.

Although Liverpool have been looking a little better under new manager Jurgen Klopp, with the Merseysiders recording some convincing wins over Chelsea and Manchester City, they are still yet to find consistency.

While the Reds have done exceptionally well against the bigger sides in the Premier League following Klopp’s arrival, they have struggled against the weaker teams, with Liverpool narrowly beating Swansea City, and suffering defeats against Crystal Palace and Newcastle.

As a result, Liverpool will be a little cautious when they take on West Brom on Sunday.

West Bromwich Albion

The Baggies have also not been in the best of forms this season, with Tony Pulis’ men managing five wins, four draws and six defeats in the EPL so far.

After a disastrous start to the 2015/16 campaign, which yielded only a single point from their first three fixtures against Manchester City (0-3), Watford (0-0) and Chelsea (2-3), West Brom did well to pick up seven points from their next three fixtures against Stoke City (1-0), Southampton (0-0) and Aston Villa (1-0).

However, the Baggies’ good run proved to be temporary as they were only able to pick up six points from their next six EPL fixtures. Despite them managing to record wins over Sunderland (1-0) and Norwich City (1-0), they suffered four defeats against Everton (2-3), Crystal Palace (0-2), Leicester City (2-3) and Manchester United (0-2).

Since then, the Baggies have done better, with them remaining undefeated in their last three EPL fixtures. While they were able to record an unexpected 2-1 win over Arsenal, they did pretty well to record draws against the in-form West Ham United (1-1) and Tottenham Hotspur (1-1).

Now West Brom will be hoping to continue their undefeated streak when they face Liverpool on Sunday.

Expected Lineups

Liverpool: Mignolet; Clyne, Lovren, Skrtel, Moreno; Henderson, Milner, Can; Firmino, Benteke, Coutinho

West Brom: Myhill; Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Olsson, Brunt; Morrison, Fletcher, McClean, McManaman; Rondon

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