Jurgen Klopp facing problems in defence ahead of West Brom clash

Paola Ditto
Dicembre 13, 2017

"I've used every offensive player I've got pretty much, and I still haven't found a moment", Pardew said.

Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool suffered a disappointment of their own in failing to beat rivals Everton in the Merseyside derby on Sunday despite outclassing their opponents, failing to turn domination into goals and paying the price for Dejan Lovren's naïve decision-making.

Hopefully the two Brazilians; Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho, return for this game and the midfield energy of Gini Wijnaldum will be welcome too.

Klopp is still unable to call on injured stars Nathaniel Clyne, Alberto Moreno, Joel Matip, while Adam Lallana isn't yet fit enough despite returning to training. So it's still long balls of course, still set pieces...

West Brom are 17th after being beaten by fellow strugglers Swansea in their last match, while third-placed Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 10 games in all competitions.

West Brom haven't got going have they?

Andy Robertson Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp facing problems in defence ahead of West Brom clash

Despite the visitors' form, Liverpool must ensure they are not complacent in their approach to the game as they look to remain on the coattails of Chelsea and ahead of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in the top-four hunt.

Chris Brunt recovered from a thigh injury to feature in Wales but Gareth Barry (thigh), James Morrison (Achilles) and Nacer Chadli (hip) remain sidelined while Matt Phillips is a doubt with a hamstring problem.

That said, West Brom are a poor side and the league table reflects that.

After the disappointment of the Merseyside derby draw, it's important that Liverpool bounce back with three points against West Brom.

However, having won their first nine Premier League games in a row against the Baggies, Liverpool have won just five of the subsequent 13 (D4 L4). "There were some hard challenges involved against Everton, we need to judge if it's an injury or intensity".

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