Champions will be looking to solidify their stance at the Premier League’s top when they host West Brom at Anfield. The match schedules for Sunday with kickoff at 7:30 pm.
The Reds are four points clear at the top of the table following last weekend’s 7-0 hammering of Crystal Palace, but in Sam Allardyce, they face the last visiting manager to come away with a league victory at Anfield.
It dates back to April 23, was the last time Liverpool lost a game at home, 1,344 days- three years and eight months- and 66 matches have passed since then. And on Sunday, Allardyce will be looking to repeat the achievement.
Allardyce was in charge of Crystal Palace that day but finds himself with a much bigger task while bringing West Brom to Anfield off the back of a 3-0 home defeat at Aston Villa’s hands in his first match at the helm.
Their 7-0 win against Crystal Palace marked their biggest ever top-flight victory away from home. The match saw seven different players assist a goal for the team in a single game for the first time in the Premier League history.
A loss in the West Midlands Derby was the last stretch for Slaven Bilic, sacked with Allardyce. The Baggies are currently in 19th spot with five points from safety.
Liverpool vs. West Brom Head to Head
Both sides have 22 games against each other, with Liverpool taking home 11 wins while West Brom with five wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Crystal Palace 0-7 Liverpool
Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham
Fulham 1-1 Liverpool
Liverpool 4-0 Wolves
Liverpool 1-0 Ajax
West Brom 0-3 Aston Villa
Man City 1-1 West Brom
Newcastle 2-1 West Brom
West Brom 1-5 Crystal Palace
West Brom 1-0 Sheffield United
Liverpool Team News
Liverpool is handed a festive boost ahead of the clash with the return of Thiago Alcantara, James Milner, and Xherdan Xhaqiri to training early this week. Long term absentees for the club include Virgil Van Dijk, Diego Jota, and Kostas Tsimikas.
West Brom Team News
Allardyce will enjoy a boost with the return of Perreira after suspension, but Jake Livermore is now out for the next three games following his red card against Aston Villa. Connor Townsend, Kyle Bartley, and Hal Robson-Kanu are close to returning from injuries.
Prediction and Odds
Liverpool will continue their best home form even with Allardyce returning after three years off from Anfield.
Goals Over 2.5
Away: No Score