Liverpool will field a second string eleven when they face West Bromwich Albion at the The Hawthorns in their final game of the English Premier League 2015/16.
Liverpool will start the match at 8th position in the league table and the 1-1 draw on Wednesday have ended their slimmest chances of finishing inside top five. Klopp and his men will be entirely focusing on the Europa League final against Sevilla on 18th May and therefore a majority of first team players are expected to be rested. The likes of Camero Brannagan, Sheyi Ojo, Connor Randall and Kevin Stewart are expected to get another start, while Sergi Canos could be latest academy player to feature in top flight this season.
West Bro are without a win in their last 8, with 5 of them being defeats and they are 15th in the league table with 42 points. A win here could take them as high as 12th, but that depends on the results from other games. West Brom haven’t scored a goal in any of their last three home games and lost in all of them. And they will be keen to end the bad run of form and a somewhat weakened Liverpool line-up could help them.
West Brom: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Foster – Evans, Olsson, McAuley, Dawson – Fletcher, Yacob – Leko, Gardner, McClean – Rondon.
Liverpool: Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)
Mignolet – Randall, Skrtel, Leiva, Smith – Allan, Stewart – Canos, Brannagan, Ojo – Benteke.
West Brom vs Liverpool: Head-to-Head
Liverpool are unbeaten in the last 5 meetings against West Brom, with 2 wins and 3 draws.
The last two matches between the sides have ended in draws; 2-2 at Anfield this season and 0-0 at The Hawthorns in the same fixture of last season.
Liverpool were held to draws in their last two visits to West Brom and won in the match before that.
West Brom vs Liverpool: Prediction
West Brom are desperate for a win and will be giving their all on Sunday. And if Klopp decides to rest a number of key players as expected, the Baggies have a better chance in achieving this. But majority of the Red’s youngsters have shown that they are capable of stepping in when required and it won’t be an easy night for the hosts.
West Brom are on poor form and they have scored just twice in their last 8 games, but Liverpool have let 7 goals in their last three away games. So there will be goals on either side and my prediction is a 1-1 draw at full time. Expect Benteke to get another goal in the Red shirt.