Barclays Premier League; Sunday, 16th April; Hawthorns, West Bromwich; KO: 1:30 pm BST (6:00 pm IST)
Liverpool surprisingly won on their trip to the Bet365 stadium at the weekend but a win this weekend could be even more satisfying. The Reds are currently in a decent position in the points table but cannot afford to drop any points for the rest of the season if they are to qualify for Europe. However, they face a tricky test this weekend when they travel to the Hawthorns.
Tony Pulis has always been a man that has frustrated Liverpool teams in the past and Liverpool have managed to win just two of the last six meetings between both sides, a result that most Liverpool fans will take before the game. The Baggies are in decent form, picking up some important points recently and will surely frustrate Klopp’s side on the night. However, the Liverpool manager will go for the kill and will play his strongest lineup. Here is the predicted lineup that he might field for this tie:
The Reds are still without the likes of Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana, who are not too far away from being fully fit. Winger Sadio Mane and Danny Ings are not expected to play anymore this season and remain the only other injury problems before this game.
Expected lineup (3-5-2):
Jurgen Klopp has stuck to Simon Mignolet on goal this season and he was the hero in the previous game and deserves to start this tie. Nathaniel Clyne should be pushed back to right-back while James Milner should be played in a left-back role, after the duo had to adjust to new roles due to injuries. Both players will play as wing-backs in this new system from Jurgen Klopp.
Joel Matip will act as the sweeper in the three at the back for Liverpool while Dejan Lovren is expected to play on the right side with Ragnar Klavan and his left-foot playing on the left side of Joel Matip. Liverpool have been shaky even in this system.
Lucas Leiva, who has been a regular in recent games for Liverpool, should be back on the bench as Klopp should use Emre Can as the only player in a deeper midfield role. Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum will play slightly ahead of Can while Philippe Coutinho, who has found some goal scoring form, is expected to play in a slightly deeper, playmaking role.
This will mean that Liverpool can play Divock Origi to lead the attack for his side and can also help them use Roberto Firmino in a more natural, central position for this game.
Here is how they would line up: