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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
By Michael Lightfoot
Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Enrique
Gerrard, Lucas, Henderson
Downing, Sturridge, Suarez
Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell
Dorrans, Morrison, Brunt
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.
- Striker Luis Suarez has scored five and assisted seven in his last 10 Premier League games. He is 11/4 to score the first goal with Bet365.
- 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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Top 3 Predictions
Liverpool 3-0 West Bromwich Albion
- 24.6 %
Liverpool 3-1 West Bromwich Albion
- 12.86 %
Liverpool 2-0 West Bromwich Albion
- 12.73 %
|England - Premier League (EPL)||Feb 11, 2013||Liverpool 0 - West Bromwich Albion 2|
|England - Capital One Cup (CCUP)||Sep 26, 2012||West Bromwich Albion 1 - Liverpool 2|
|England - Premier League (EPL)||Aug 18, 2012||West Bromwich Albion 3 - Liverpool 0|
|England - Premier League (EPL)||Apr 22, 2012||Liverpool 0 - West Bromwich Albion 1|
|England - Premier League (EPL)||Oct 29, 2011||West Bromwich Albion 0 - Liverpool 2|
|May 19, 2013||Liverpool 1 - QPR 0||EPL|
|May 12, 2013||Fulham 1 - Liverpool 3||EPL|
|May 5, 2013||Liverpool 0 - Everton 0||EPL|
|Apr 27, 2013||Newcastle 0 - Liverpool 6||EPL|
|Apr 21, 2013||Liverpool 2 - Chelsea FC 2||EPL|
|Returns:||Liverpool £14.00||Sign up to Paddy Power for £250 in free bets|
|Returns:||Draw £50.00||Sign up today with BetVictor and get a £25 FREE BET!|
|Returns:||West Brom £90.00||Sign up today with BetVictor and get a £25 FREE BET!|
|25||José Reina Paez||Goalkeeper|
|30||Sebastien Gabriel Tamaş||Defender|
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.
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.
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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