Premier League Preview: West Bromwich Albion vs. Liverpool

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  • Tony Pulis has never lost a PL home game vs. Liverpool (W3, D3)
  • Liverpool is seven points outside the top-four 
  • Steven Gerrard has made 499 Premier League appearances

The Hawthorns plays host to Liverpool as Brendan Rodger’s men head south to take on West Bromwich Albion.

You can watch the match live at 10 a.m. ET online via Live Extra.

The Baggies sit 13th on the table, and with 36 points on the year Tony Pulis’ side should be safe in the league. But with three of their four remaining matches against Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal, points will be hard to come by heading down the final stretch.

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Saido Berahino has 18 goals in all competitions for West Bromwich this season, with 15 of those tallies coming at The Hawthorns. If Berahino wants to get the Baggies on the board he’ll have to beat Simon Mignolet, who leads the Premier League with 12 clean sheets.

Liverpool is coming off of a 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa in the FA Cup, which means another season of no trophies at Anfield. Seven points behind Manchester City for the fourth spot on the table, it looks like the Europa League is in line for the Reds.

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Steven Gerrard is on 499 Premier League appearances for Liverpool, and will join Ryan Giggs and Jamie Carragher as the only players to make 500 league appearances for a single club. With Jordan Henderson’s recent contract extension worth $150,000 per week, Liverpool has found their long-term replacement for one of the club’s most legendary players.

What they’re saying

West Brom’s Darren Fletcher on manager Tony Pulis: “The manager is fantastic, very much in the Sir Alex Ferguson-school. I see a lot of similarities there of what he expects of players on and off the pitch, and how much of a winner he is.”

Reds’ boss Brendan Rodgers on his future: “I spoke with the owners this week and they were very clear with where we’re at. Our relationship is fantastic. They’re as disappointed as we all are when we lose games but they understand the model that’s in place here. Both myself and the owners have always been in it for the long term and that remains the case.”

Prediction

Liverpool needs the three points from this match more than West Brom, plain and simple. The top four is still a stretch, but the Reds must finish strong to end their disappointing season on a positive note. West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Liverpool.