Liverpool continues the fight for a Champions League place as they travel to the Hawthornes to take on West Bromwich Albion at 8:30 a.m. ET live on NBCSN or live online at NBCSports.com.
With Manchester United lurking six points behind and two games in hand, the Reds will feel the pressure to pick up a result here. They have a mostly fit squad, although Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana, who have missed out in recent weeks, are still on the mend.
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Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho return to the lineup after being left as substitutes last time out. Their return is a big boost for a Liverpool side that has seen little consistency since the turn of the new year thanks to a host of injuries. Slowly, with the squad returning to fitness, manager Jurgen Klopp has an increasing number of first-choice options at his disposal.
On the other end, West Brom is fully fit, and manager Tony Pulis has chosen an attacking lineup with Hal Robson-Kanu leading the way. The Baggies have flown under the radar this season, sitting in eighth position, albeit a large gap of 10 points between themselves and the teams above them.
However, things have sputtered for West Brom with little to fight for down the stretch, as they’ve garnered just four points of their last 18 possible, and have failed to score in three consecutive matches, a streak of 285 minutes, with their last goal being Craig Dawson‘s second in a 3-1 win over Arsenal.
West Brom: Foster, Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Brunt, Fletcher, Yacob, Livermore; Phillips, Chadli; Robson-Kanu.
Subs: Myhill, M Wilson, Nyom, Morrison, McClean, Rondon, Field.
Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Lucas, Matip, Lovren, Milner, Can, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Firmino, Origi
Subs: Karius, Moreno, Grujic, Sturridge, Alexander-Arnold, Woodburn, Gomez.