Liverpool will look to enhance their Champions League ambitions for next season when they face a strong West Brom side at the Hawthorns on Sunday afternoon.
Unbeaten in their last six matches since the loss to Leicester City back in February, Jurgen Klopp’s side have been building momentum as they race to finish in the top four.
West Brom, on the other hand, are without a win in three matches and could be in danger of ending the season out of the top half of the table if results don’t pick up in the following weeks.
Since their underwhelming start to the calendar year, Liverpool have turned their form around with four wins and two draws – including a commanding victory over top-four rivals Arsenal.
Yet victory over Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium last weekend was their first away win in six Premier League matches and the Reds could find it tough on the road again against a spirited West Brom.
Tony Pulis’ side have been in a slight dip in form over the past two months, however, only managing one victory in their past six league matches in a run that included defeats to Crystal Palace and Watford.
Yet their convincing 3-1 win over Arsenal just over a month ago will give the Baggies real hope of claiming another prize scalp in what could potentially be their best ever Premier League season to date.
With Sadio Mane ruled out for the rest of the season, Philippe Coutinho will return to the side despite only managing 45 minutes against Stoke last weekend due to an illness he picked up before the match.
England duo Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana aren’t expected to return in time for the trip to the Hawthorns, so Divock Origi could start in a forward role, with Roberto Firmino tucked in behind.
West Brom have no fresh injury concerns ahead of Sunday’s match and it’s possible that Tony Pulis selects an unchanged eleven from the side that narrowly lost to Southampton last week.
Chris Brunt could come into the side after impressing from the bench, whilst Hal Robson-Kanu has brought himself into contention for a starting role after good cameos in recent weeks.
Match Prediction: West Brom 1-1 Liverpool
Without a win in three successive Premier League matches for the first time this season, Liverpool will be looking to take advantage of West Brom’s dip in form and enhance their European prospects.
However, the Baggies have been a transformed side under Tony Pulis this season and in recent times have held Manchester United to an away draw and comfortably beaten Arsenal at the Hawthorns.
It certainly won’t be Liverpool’s easiest game during their run-in, and Jurgen Klopp will know that his side can’t afford to drop points otherwise Manchester City and Manchester United will be ready to pounce.
Yet it might not all go in favour of the Merseyside club this weekend, with West Brom certainly possessing the ability to frustrate the visitors with their defensive discipline and come out with honours even