After seeing their 18 game unbeaten streak across all competitions end at the Liberty Stadium last Monday, Liverpool will look to bounce back when they take on West Bromwich Albion at Anfield on Saturday evening in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
The game is one of three all Premier League fixtures for the fourth round, with Saints v Watford and Chelsea v Newcastle being the other two.
Liverpool have been a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde team this season. They’re capable of beating the best, as they showed in their 4-3 win over league leaders Man City at Anfield a fortnight ago, in what was one of THE games of the season. But they can also be woeful, as they were against bottom of the table Swansea a few days ago. The Welsh side triumphed 1-0 thanks to Mawson’s first half strike, handing Lorius Karius his first defeat as LFC goalkeeper this season after he had won his battle to be the Reds’ No.1 over Belgian Simon Mignolet.
The Swansea game was one where Liverpool missed the services of Philippe Coutinho, with the Brazilian playmaker one of the few in Jurgen Klopp’s squad with the ability to create something out of nothing. He has however left for Barcelona and the Reds must navigate the rest of the season without his playmaking ability.
Albion have managed to stitch together a decent run of results recently, with Alan Pardew attempting to steer the Baggies to safety after taking over from Tony Pulis. They’re currently 19th in the league table, on the same number of points as bottom of the table Swansea, but as we’ve already seen, things can change very quickly in the Premiership this season- only 6 points separate 10th placed Watford from the Swans
Liverpool beat bitter rivals Everton in the third round of the Cup, the game that will also be remembered for Virgil Van Dijk’s debut goal. Albion triumphed 2-0 away at Exeter, with goals from Salomon Rondon and Jay Rodriguez giving them victory in Devon.
Colombian forward Rondon was however involved in a nasty accident over the weekend, with his actions effectively causing a terrible injury to Everton’s James McCarthy. The Toffees defender suffered a double leg break and a disconsolate Rondon had to be comforted by Alan Pardew as the former was stretchered off the field.
The two sides met at Anfield in mid December, with the Baggies holding the free scoring Reds to a stalemate. Games between the two have been tightly contested in recent times, with less than a goal separating the two in their last eight meetings. WilliamHill have the Reds at 3/10 to progress, with Albion outsiders at 11/1.
Form guide, most recent results first
Swansea City 1-0 Liverpool
Liverpool 4-3 Manchester City
Liverpool 2-1 Everton
Burnley 1-2 Liverpool
Liverpool 2-1 Leicester
Everton 1-1 West Brom
West Brom 2-0 Brighton
Exeter 0-2 West Brom
West Ham 2-1 West Brom
West Brom 1-1 Arsenal
The referee for this FA Cup game in Craig Pawson, who has been in charge of three Liverpool games this season (2 draws, 1 win for Jurgen Klopp’s men), but none for Albion in 2017/18.
Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion kicks off at 19.45 at Anfield (FA Cup fourth round)