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Suarez Sturridge Liverpool
Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez [Reuters]

West Bromwich Albion welcome Liverpool to the Hawthorns for the weekend Premier League fixture on Sunday.

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Kick-off is set for 1:30pm GMT. Live coverage of the game is available on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD. Catch the highlights on Match of the Day 2 on BBC One and BBC One HD on Monday at 10:35pm GMT.


West Brom come into this game after losing 4-3 in the league against Aston Villa in the West Midlands derby at Villa Park on Wednesday. The Baggies stormed into a 2-0 lead early in the first-half as Chris Brunt netted the opener in the fourth minute and Fabian Delph scored an own goal.

However, the hosts bounced back courtesy of goals from Andreas Weimann, Leandro Bacuna and Delph putting their team back in control. Youssuf Mulumbu equalized before half-time to make it 3-3. But Christian Benteke sealed the visitors' fate scoring from the penalty spot after Diego Lugano fouled the Belgian international inside the box.

Pepe Mel is still seeking his first win since his appointment as the Baggies' manager last month. His side currently sit 17th in the league table with 22 points from 23 matches, just above relegation threatened West Ham United due to slightly superior goal difference. They have won only four matches in the league this campaign.

Meanwhile, Liverpool are enjoying a good season and are yet to lose a match this year while winning five out of six games played in all competitions. The Reds thrashed neighbours Everton in the Merseyside Derby by four goals to nil during their league clash last Tuesday.

Steven Gerrard
Steven Gerrard [Reuters]

Daniel Sturridge scored two quick-fire goals after Steven Gerrard opened the scoring with a header to give Liverpool a 3-0 lead before half-time. Luis Suarez capped the evening with a solo effort five minutes into the second-half to make it 4-0.

Tim Howard then brought down Sterling inside the box but Sturridge failed to convert the resulting penalty for his hat-trick. Brendan Rodgers side are fourth in the table after 23 matches with 46 points, seven behind league leaders Manchester City.

What Managers Say

Pepe Mel: "I had a very good meeting with all of the players and they were able to speak their opinion. In my opinion, West Bromwich Albion have to play together, in attack and defence. My players will work hard to win the next game. It's impossible to score three goals away and not win. It was down to mistakes."

Brendan Rodgers: "My focus is only on us and respecting every opponent that we play. We go to West Brom, with a new manager they will be very keen to get that first win, so we know it will be a very difficult match for us. We'll be ready and prepared. We're coming off the back of an outstanding performance and we'll look to carry that on into the weekend."

Team Form

Mel will take over as West Brom head coach on 20 January
Pepe Mel [Reuters]

West Bromwich Albion

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L D L L W
  • Last Result: Aston Villa 4-3 West Bromwich Albion


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W D W W
  • Last Result: Liverpool 4-0 Everton

Team Guide

West Bromwich Albion

  • Injured: Nicolas Anelka (knee), Stephane Sessegnon (groin)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Foster; Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Mulumbu, Brunt; Amalfitano, Morrison, Gera; Vydra


  • Injured: Daniel Agger (calf), Sebastian Coates (knee), Jose Enrique (knee), Mamadou Sakho (hamstring), Lucas Leiva (knee), Glen Johnson (ankle)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Mignolet; Flanagan, Skrtel, Toure, Cissokho; Henderson, Gerrard, Coutinho; Sterling, Sturridge, Suarez