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  • 11 February 2013
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Liverpool - West Brom Preview: Suarez in red hot form ahead of Baggies visit

The Uruguayan has scored five and assisted seven in his last 10 Premier League games, while the Reds are enjoying a great run at home as their top-flight revival rolls on

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

LIVERPOOL
Liverpool
Reina
Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Enrique
Gerrard, Lucas, Henderson
Downing, Sturridge, Suarez

WEST BROM

  West Bromwich Albion
Foster
Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell
Yacob, Mulumbu
Dorrans, Morrison, Brunt

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Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge (hip) should make the starting line-up, despite picking up a knock in the 2-2 draw at Manchester City.

Winger Raheem Sterling (calf) should also make a return to the squad, but Martin Kelly (knee) is out until March.

Philippe Coutinho is still struggling to gain enough match fitness to make his Reds bow, but could feature on the bench

West Brom will be without defender Goran Popov after he was sent off against Tottenham for spitting at Kyle Walker, incurring a three-match ban.

They are also missing long-term absentees Zoltan Gera and George Thorne (both knee), but Youssouf Mulumbu (knee) could make a return after featuring for DR Congo in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Peter Odemwingie is highly unlikely to feature with his future at the club still uncertain.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Each of Liverpool's last 11 competitive games have seen three or more goals scored, including their FA Cup defeat by Oldham.
  • Brendan Rodgers' side have scored 12 goals in their past three Premier League games at Anfield, conceding none. In fact, Liverpool have seven clean sheets out of their last nine at home.
  • West Brom have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last six away games, conceding 13 and scoring only six as they show a record of five defeats and one win.
  • The Baggies stunned Liverpool in the opening fixture this season with a 3-0 win at The Hawthorns.
  • Romelu Lukaku (pictured right) has seven goals and one assist in 10 Premier League starts.

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Available Squads
25Pepe ReinaGoalkeeper
2Glen JohnsonDefender
3José EnriqueDefender
5Daniel AggerDefender
23Jamie CarragherDefender
8Steven GerrardMidfielder
14Jordan HendersonMidfielder
19Stewart DowningMidfielder
21Lucas LeivaMidfielder
8Jonjo ShelveyMidfielder
7Luis SuárezStriker
1Bradley JonesGoalkeeper
37Martin SkrtelDefender
47Andre Wisdom Defender
24Joe AllenMidfielder
31Raheem SterlingMidfielder
10CoutinhoMidfielder
31Fabio BoriniStriker
1Ben FosterGoalkeeper
2Steven ReidDefender
3Jonas OlssonDefender
6Liam RidgewellDefender
23Gareth McAuleyDefender
5Claudio YacobMidfielder
7James MorrisonMidfielder
11Chris BruntMidfielder
17Graham DorransMidfielder
21Youssouf MulumbuMidfielder
21Shane LongStriker
13B. MyhillGoalkeeper
28Billy JonesDefender
-Sebastien Gabriel TamaşDefender
14Jerome ThomasMidfielder
9Markus RosenbergStriker
18Romelu LukakuStriker
28Marc-Antoine FortuneStriker
Players to Watch
Luis Suárez
Luis Suárez
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The striker has been in scintillating form this season and has kicked on into another gear since the turn of the year, having had a hand in 12 of his side's goals in his last 10 Premier League appearances for the club. Given more license to roam with the arrival of Daniel Sturridge, West Brom's midfield will have to be alert to pick the Uruguayan up as he drops deep.
Ben Foster
Ben Foster
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 1
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The former England man is likely to face a bombardment in the face of the Reds' new-found attacking prowess and is likely to have a busy afternoon if he is to claim a clean sheet. Foster, however, is a strong presence in the box and his organisational skills have been lauded in the past. They will have to be at their very best to help the Baggies snatch a result.
Prediction
Liverpool are on a good run of form at home, while West Brom have been woeful on their travels recently. With Sturridge and Suarez looking to have kick started their partnership to perfection, it could be a tough afternoon for Steve Clarke's side.
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