Liverpool v West Brom: Live Stream , Saturday 4/10/2014
Liverpool v West Brom
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says he will "wait and see" on the fitness of forward Daniel Sturridge.

Joe Allen, Emre Can, Jon Flanagan, Glen Johnson and Mamadou Sakho all remain sidelined for the Reds.

Cristian Gamboa will start at right-back for West Brom, with Andre Wisdom ineligible against his parent club.
Winger Silvestre Varela could be facing hernia surgery and is definitely ruled out this weekend but defender Chris Baird is fit again after illness.

MATCH PREVIEW


Brendan Rodgers has talked about the red shirt weighing heavy on some of the new faces. Steven Gerrard has questioned some of his team-mates' desire. Whatever it is, something is definitely not right at Anfield.
In attack, Liverpool lack a speed of thought and movement and their finishing has been poor. In midfield, their passing has become wayward and their defending has been a torrid catalogue of misadventures.

Liverpool seem simply incapable of keeping a clean sheet at the moment, having developed a habit of conceding late goals, goals from set pieces and goals from individual flashes of surprising incompetence.

Everything good that came so naturally to them last season now looks laboured, forced and clunky and as a result another title challenge looks fanciful. Liverpool are already just one defeat away from losing as many points at home this season than they did in the whole of the last one.

Lawro's prediction

"West Brom, who scored their first two goals from corners against Burnley last weekend, might be encouraged by the way Liverpool seem to be a bit vulnerable at set-pieces at the moment.
"For me, to improve on that, Dejan Lovren and Martin Skrtel have to keep playing regularly together, as do the full-backs Alberto Moreno and Javi Manquillo - you need to drill them as a back four."



Head-to-head


Brendan Rodgers' first Premier League game in charge at Liverpool was a 3-0 defeat against West Brom in August 2012.
Liverpool have only won one of their last five Premier League games against West Brom (D1, L3).

The 1-1 draw in their last meeting in February was their first stalemate in 16 Premier League clashes.

Liverpool

The Reds are without a win in their last three league matches (D1, L2) and have only won four of their nine fixtures in all competitions this season.

Liverpool have only kept one clean sheet in their last 15 matches in all competitions.
Daniel Sturridge has scored in three of his five Premier League appearances against West Brom, including both games for Liverpool.

Only Diego Costa (21) has attempted more shots than Mario Balotelli (20) in the Premier League this season. The Chelsea striker has scored eight times to Balotelli's zero.
Rickie Lambert could make his 550th league appearance.

West Brom

Alan Irvine has already won as many competitive games as West Brom head coach (three from eight) as his predecessor Pepe Mel (three from 17).

West Brom have earned consecutive league victories for the first time since September last year.
The Baggies have kept back-to-back Premier League clean sheets for the first time since April 2012, when they kept three in a row.

Their 4-0 victory over Burnley was their biggest since 2012.

Saido Berahino is the leading English scorer in the Premier League this season with four goals.

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