West Bromwich Albion - Liverpool Betting: Back the Reds to avoid defeat

Beth Cruz
April 16, 2017

Liverpool, battling hard to secure a Champions League berth, still have big ambitions for this season but no specific Premier League points target, manager Juergen Klopp said ahead of Sunday's tricky visit to West Bromwich Albion.

To this daunting challenge, Liverpool come with some serious depletions in the squad due to injuries. It's about fitting in the game, fitting in the team and obviously they are that good that they would fit in almost each team. He, along with fellow Brazilian, Roberto Firmino, should both be available to start on Sunday, making it a front three of Coutinho, Origi, and Firmino.

"The most important thing is to target the ones we want and be very clever with what we do because we haven't got the finances other clubs have got".

The French website report the Midlands club are interested in helping Wilfried Bony rekindle his Premier League career after a rather tragic loan spell at Stoke from Manchester City this season.

If Liverpool pass the test against Albion and the aerial ball, they will remain on course for a return to the Champions League. McAuley scored in the reverse fixture in October is also one of the better bets to score again on Sunday.

If Liverpool were to emerge triumphant from a game where everyone expected them to drop points, the effect on their rivals could be immediate and fatal.

"But with all playing better and these two highest quality players on the pitch, we could change the game. We've highlighted the fact we've got into some wonderful positions but we've not hit the target", Pulis said.

The Reds have 63 points from 32 games, 12 more than they did at this stage last season.

What happened with Tony Pulis and Crystal Palace? He might indeed choose to rotate slightly but that would be to distribute game time.

Despite this, Liverpool fans who are familiar with Pulis's particularly defensive style of play and Liverpool's difficulty breaking through those kinds of teams this season, will be feeling nervous.

The Reds beat the Baggies 2-1 at Anfield earlier in the season and Klopp would no doubt be satisfied with a repeat of that result.

Champions League qualification may also dictate how much Klopp gets to spend this summer and whether Liverpool can get back to the places they regard as their natural habitat - competing for trophies at home and overseas.

Pulis has once again taken a team with limited resources and talent, and turned them into a side that is competing in the desirable half of the table.

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