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  • 22 April 2012
  • • 16:00
  • • Anfield, Liverpool
  • Referee: N. Swarbrick
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Liverpool - West Brom Preview: Hodgson returns to Anfield as Dalglish seeks 250th top-flight win as a manager

The Reds will look to put their recent troubles at home behind them by negotiating their way past an Albion side who have secured just one point from their last four away games

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

LIVERPOOL

Reina
Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique

Henderson, Spearing, Gerrard, Downing
Suarez, Carroll

WEST BROM

Foster
Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell

Brunt, Mulumbu, Dorrans, Thomas
Odemwingie, Long


Liverpool are set to welcome back Pepe Reina after a three-match suspension to replace stand-in keeper Brad Jones.

Alexander Doni also returns from a ban but Reina is expected to take his place between the sticks and Australian Jones will hope to retain a place in the squad at least.

Jose Enrique will hope for a recall after being dropped to the bench for the Reds' semi-final win over Everton and could come in for veteran Jamie Carragher, who was badly at fault for the Toffees' goal.

Andy Carroll will hope for another start after his winner at Wembley last weekend.

West Brom duo Marc Antoine-Fortune and Jonas Olsson face late fitness tests before the trip to Anfield.

Fortune suffered a hamstring injury during last week's 1-0 win over QPR and was forced off on the hour mark whilst Olsson pulled out during the warm-up with a tight groin.

Shane Long and Craig Dawson, respectively, are waiting in the wings if they fail to win their fitness battles, but Zoltan Gera, James Morrison and Steven Reid all remain on the sidelines.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Liverpool have only taken seven points from their last nine games. They could go three matches unbeaten for the first time in 2012.
  • Liverpool have hit the woodwork on 28 occasions in the Premier League this season - seven more times than any other side.
  • West Brom have taken just a single point from their last four away matches.
  • Nevertheless, the Baggies have earned more points from away matches (22) than at The Hawthorns (20) this season.
  • Albion are two points better off than at the equivalent stage last season.
  • Liverpool have won all five previous Premier League meetings with West Brom at Anfield without conceding a goal.
  • Albion's last victory at Anfield was exactly 45 years before the day of this fixture. They have since gone 24 league and cup visits without success (D6, L18).
  • Reds captain Steven Gerrard is one shy of 150 club career goals.
  • If Peter Odemwingie scores he will be the first West Brom player to reach 25 Premier League goals for the club.

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Available Squads
25Pepe ReinaGoalkeeper
2Glen JohnsonDefender
3José EnriqueDefender
5Daniel AggerDefender
37Martin SkrtelDefender
11Maxi RodríguezMidfielder
14Jordan HendersonMidfielder
20Jay SpearingMidfielder
7Luis SuárezStriker
9Andy CarrollStriker
11Dirk KuytStriker
32DoniGoalkeeper
16Sebastián CoatesDefender
23Jamie CarragherDefender
34Martin KellyDefender
19Stewart DowningMidfielder
8Jonjo ShelveyMidfielder
39Craig BellamyStriker
1Ben FosterGoalkeeper
3Jonas OlssonDefender
6Liam RidgewellDefender
23Gareth McAuleyDefender
-Billy JonesDefender
11Chris BruntMidfielder
14Jerome ThomasMidfielder
17Graham DorransMidfielder
21Youssouf MulumbuMidfielder
24Shane LongStriker
9Peter OdemwingieStriker
12Márton FülöpGoalkeeper
20Nicky ShoreyDefender
25Craig DawsonDefender
5Somen TchoyiMidfielder
17Keith AndrewsMidfielder
33Paul ScharnerMidfielder
-Simon CoxStriker
Players to Watch
Andy Carroll
Andy Carroll
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The former Newcastle striker will have done his hopes of cementing a first-team spot at Anfield no harm after bagging the winner in the all-Merseyside FA Cup semi-final at Wembley last weekend. The 23-year-old will hope to cause the West Brom defence as many problems as he did for Johnny Heitinga and Sylvain Distin in the 2-1 win last Saturday.
Graham Dorrans
Graham Dorrans
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 1 0
The 24-year-old Scottish midfielder capped a wonderful display in last week's 1-0 home win over QPR with a stunning 25-yard strike. Dorrans is likely to have a less telling role in this weekend's encounter but could be pivotal to any hope West Brom have of seeing off Kenny Dalglish's side.
Prediction
Liverpool come into this game boosted by the win over Everton but their home form of late has been shaky and the visiting Baggies will hope to take advantage.

Roy Hodgson's men have a notoriously poor record against his former side, though, and I expect the Reds to sneak past a spirited Albion outfit.
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