After an impressive outing in the merseyside derby, Liverpool take on West Brom later today at The Hawthrons. Liverpool presently lie on fourth place in the EPL standings, whereas their opponent lie on the bottom half of the table in fifteenth place. While a win for Liverpool would play an important role in realising their ambitions of qualifying for the champions league and a victory for West Brom would help them stay away from the relegation zone.
It is the Liverpool offensive line comprising of primarily, Sturridge, Suarez, Coutinho and Sterling, which has looked a constant threat throughout the league. These players looked in ominous touch when they played against Everton in their last game with Sturridge scoring a brace along with Suarez and Gerrard finding the back of the net once. A similar kind of performance by Liverpool would only destroy the weak looking West Brom side.
Apart from the above mentioned players, the work-rate of Jordan Anderson has been something, which has been appreciated by Liverpool fans. He has improved as a player under the watchful eyes of Brendan Rodgers. The defensive line may have been on and off due to injury worries. Daniel Agger, Mamadou Sakho, Jose Enrique, Glen Johnson are defenders, who are still not available for the game, hence Liverpool is expected to field a defensive line with Skrtel and Toure as centre back and Cissokho and Flannagan in either flanks. The only good news being Joe Allen's comeback from injury.
These defenders would be pleased to know that the former reds striker, Nicolas Anelka is not expected to feature for today's game. Else, he could be a big threat to the Liverpool defenders. But, Liverpool are not going to relax during the game for the competition in the EPL is such where any club from the bottom half can beat a top side.
Liverpool's starting eleven might be strong but their bench does not look strong, hence, Brendan Rodgers wanted to strengthen his team by adding few players in the transfer window. But, they failed to do so, for reasons known to the Liverpool hierarchy.
Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers need to keep the transfer disappointment away and focus on the game ahead.