Barclays Premier League
Sunday 13th December 2015, 4:00pm


The game will be the 145th league and cup meeting between Albion and Liverpool. The Reds currently lead the way in the victory stakes with 66 wins to the Baggies' 38.

There have been 18 Premier League meetings with Liverpool winning 12 and Albion four.

Albion's last game on this date came last year when a Craig Gardner goal gave the Baggies a 1-0 Premier League win over arch-rivals Aston Villa at The Hawthorns.

Liverpool's last match on December 13 took place in 2009 when the Reds suffered a 2-1 defeat against Arsenal in a Premier League clash at Anfield, Dirk Kuyt scoring the hosts' goal.

The Baggies have conceded five Premier League goals away from home this season, fewer than any other side.

If he plays a part in the game, James Morrison will make his 250th league appearance for Albion.

Albion's last six games: Tottenham Hotspur (H) 1-1; West Ham United (A) 1-1; Arsenal (H) 2-1; Manchester United (A) 0-2;  Leicester City (H) 2-3; Norwich City (A) 1-0.

Liverpool's last six games: FC Sion (A, EL) 0-0; Newcastle United (A) 0-2; Southampton (A, LC) 6-1; Swansea City (H) 1-0; Bordeaux (H, EL) 2-1; Manchester City (A) 4-1.



Baggies' boss Tony Pulis will be without Stephane Sessegnon who suffered a hamstring injury in last weekend's draw with Tottenham Hotspur. Pulis is boosted however with the return of Claudio Yacob following suspension.


England striker Daniel Sturridge is ruled out after suffering a hamstring strain in last weekend's defeat at Newcastle United but Philippe Coutinho is fit again after his own hamstring injury.



Albion Win: 15/2, Liverpool Win: 4/9, Draw: 3/1.

First Goalscorer

Albion: Rondon 11/1, Berahino 12/1, Lambert 12/1, Anichebe 14/1, McManaman 20/1, McClean 20/1, Morrison 20/1, Gardner 25/1, Brunt 28/1, Dawson 33/1, Fletcher 40/1, McAuley 40/1, Chester 40/1.

Liverpool: Benteke 3/1, Origi 7/2, Coutinho 4/1, Firmino 5/1, Lallana 11/2, Milner 7/1, Ibe 7/1, Henderson 9/1, Can 12/1, Skrtel 16/1, Moreno 20/1, Clyne 20/1, Lovren 25/1, Allen 25/1, Lucas 25/1, Randall 33/1.

No Goalscorer: 17/2.



Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)

Pawson has taken charge of one Albion game so far this season - the 3-0 Capital One Cup defeat at Norwich City in October.

Prior to the game at Carrow Road, Pawson had refereed two other Albion games, both taking place last season and both ending in defeat for the Baggies - the 3-2 loss at Queens Park Rangers and the 2-0 defeat at home to Newcastle United.

The South Yorkshire official has taken charge of two Liverpool games this season - the 0-0 draw at Spurs in October and the 1-0 win over Bournemouth at Anfield in August.

Pawson has handed out 52 yellow cards and one red in the 16 games he has officiated so far this season.

A full run-down of Pawson's history refereeing the Baggies can be found here


Albion's allocation of tickets for the game are sold out.


Light rain, 5°C.


The first league meeting between the two clubs took place in September 1894 at Stoney Lane. Albion ran out 5-0 winners thanks to goals from Billy Bassett, Billy Williams, Billy Richards, Roddie McLeod and Tommy Hutchinson. The return game at Anfield on New Years Day, 1895, ended in a 4-0 win for the Reds, Harry Bradshaw (2), Jimmy Ross and David Hannah the goalscorers.

Albion's best league win against Liverpool came in February 1936 at The Hawthorns, William 'G' Richardson helping himself to a hat-trick as the Baggies eased to a 6-1 victory.

Other big wins for the Baggies include 5-1 at home in 1938 and 5-2 - a score achieved twice - first at Anfield in 1951 and then at The Hawthorns on Christmas Day, 1953.

Liverpool's best win against the Baggies came at the Hawthorns in April 2003 when four goals from Michael Owen and two from Milan Baros saw Liverpool cruise to a 6-0 Premier League victory.

The Reds have registered a 5-0 victory against Albion on four occasions - at Anfield in 1900 and 1935, and at The Hawthorns in 1985 and 2004, John Wark hitting a hat-trick in the 1985 game.

Given the Baggies' struggles against the Reds over the years their recent record against Liverpool is fairly good, winning four of the last nine Premier League meetings and losing just three of them.

A full fixture history between the two teams can be found here


(Click on game to view)

Monday 11 February 2013 - Liverpool 0-2 Albion - Premier League - Anfield
Wednesday 26 September 2012 - Albion 1-2 Liverpool - League Cup - The Hawthorns
Saturday 18 August 2012 - Albion 3-0 Liverpool - Premier League - The Hawthorns
Saturday 8 November 2008 - Liverpool 3-0 Albion - Premier League - Anfield
Saturday 1 April 2006 - Albion 0-2 Liverpool - Premier League - The Hawthorns
Sunday 26 December 2004 - Albion 0-5 Liverpool - Premier League - The Hawthorns
Saturday 26 April 2003 - Albion 0-6 Liverpool - Premier League - The Hawthorns
Saturday 19 April 1986 - Albion 1-2 Liverpool - First Division - The Hawthorns
Saturday 7 February 1981 - Albion 2-0 Liverpool - First Division - The Hawthorns
Saturday 13 September 1980 - Liverpool 4-0 Albion - First Division - Anfield
Monday 6 September 1976 - Albion 1-0 Liverpool - League Cup - The Hawthorns


Liverpool 2-1 Albion
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 4th October 2014, 3:00pm

Liverpool: Mignolet, Manquillo (Johnson 64), Lovren, Skrtel, Moreno, Gerrard, Henderson, Lallana, Coutinho (Lucas 75), Sterling, Lambert (Balotelli 64). Subs not used: Jones, Toure, Markovic, Borini.

Goalscorers: Lallana 45, Henderson 61

Booked: Skrtel 17 (foul), Gerrard 27 (foul) 

Albion: Foster, Gamboa, Lescott, Dawson, Pocognoli, Dorrans (Mulumbu 70), Morrison (Blanco 80), Gardner, Brunt (Samaras 87), Sessegnon, Berahino. Subs not used: Myhill (gk), McAuley, Yacob, Baird.

Goalscorer: Berahino 56 (pen)

Booked: Dawson 29 (foul), Lescott 84 (foul)

Attendance: 44,708

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

Striker Mario Balotelli's demotion to the bench coincided with Liverpool's first win in four Barclays Premier Lague matches, but other factors contributed to the 2-1 victory over West Brom. Adam Lallana's first goal for the club and a cool finish from Jordan Henderson, capping an impressive second-half individual performance, took some of the focus off the misfiring Italy international who came in for some criticism from manager Brendan Rodgers this week. But it was far from straightforward as Saido Berahino's fourth goal in three matches made things uncomfortable for a time just after half-time. Rodgers made a bold decision in dropping his £16million signing from AC Milan after just one goal and some less-than-impressive displays in seven appearances.

In the continued absence of Daniel Sturridge, still not fit from a thigh injury sustained on England duty which has ruled him out of next week's Euro 2016 qualifiers, the only other option was to hand Rickie Lambert, making the 550th appearance of his career, his first league start for the club he rejoined in the summer. While it did not pay off in terms of goal threat he did at least provide a greater work-rate up front, closing down the opponent in possession, but looked short of confidence and sharpness. A couple of half-chances came his way which he would most likely have buried first time during his Southampton days, but the burden of responsibility is greater at Anfield and he almost always took a second touch which invariably gave defenders that split-second to recover. His best attempt was parried by goalkeeper Ben Foster after his England team-mate had instantly killed Martin Skrtel's long pass out of defence and rattled off a shot. The ploy of playing Philippe Coutinho deeper, almost alongside Steven Gerrard on occasions, meant the Brazil international saw plenty of the ball but he has yet to rediscover his knack of playing the pass which unlocks defences. A positive aspect of the tweak to the formation was Henderson getting further forward, putting him in a position to contribute both offensively and defensively as he was the one, along with Lambert, who provided the energy to press the opponent in possession. But the 24-year-old is much more than a willing runner and it was his touch and vision which laid on the assist for the goal a minute before half-time. The build-up involved two delicious backheels, one from Lallana which gave him the extra yard to change direction and drive into the penalty area where he exchanged passes with Henderson, who produced the second neat flick, before firing low across Foster and inside the far post.

To be fair to West Brom the goal came against the run of play as it was they and not the hosts who had knocked the ball about confidently and created the better chances. The best of which saw the impressive Berahino plant a free header over the crossbar from Sebastien Pocognoli's cross and force Simon Mignolet to parry a fierce shot after Javi Manquillo's backpass fell short. Questions have been asked of Liverpool's goalkeeper this season, particularly considering their vulnerability at set-pieces, but twice when he came for corners he punched clear. He was given little chance with West Brom's equaliser, however, as referee Mike Oliver ruled Dejan Lovren had brought down Berahino inside the area and the Baggies forward picked himself up to fire home from the spot. Oliver was in no mood to given Sterling a penalty when he appeared to be barged over by Craig Gardener but the winger staggered to his feet and cut the ball back to Henderson who side-footed home for his first goal since March 30. Lambert departed, along with Manquillo, as Balotelli and Glen Johnson - back from a thigh injury - came on and the Italy international soon curled a low shot just wide of Foster's left-hand post. A late move saw Coutinho replaced by Lucas Leiva, freeing Gerrard to revisit the number 10 role he played so well for so long before assuming his deep-lying role in an attempt to bring the best out of Balotelli. That may need some work, however, as aside from one long-range shot the Italian's only other chance came in added time when Foster saved with his legs at his near post.

Sporting Life


Albion striker Rickie Lambert started his career in Liverpool's youth system but was released by the club at the age of 15. In June 2014, after spells with a number of clubs, most notably Bristol Rovers and Southampton, Lambert returned to Anfield. He spent one unsuccessful season at Anfield before he joined Albion in July 2015.

Liverpool's Jerome Sinclair started his playing career in Albion's academy before leaving to join the Reds in 2011.


Amongst the players to have turned out at various levels for both clubs are: Nicolas Anelka, Les Bruton, Fred Buck, David Burrows, Scott Carson, John Chadburn, Harry Chambers, Idwal Davies, John Durnin, John Glover, Bruce Grobbelaar, John Glover, Jack Haines, Andrew Hannah, Charlie Hewitt, Willie Jordan, Tony Kelly, Chris Kirkland, Steve Nicol, Jack Shield, George Speak, David Speedie, Jack Vernon and Andre Wisdom.

Current England boss Roy Hodgson managed both clubs whilst ex-Albion boss Jimmy Hagan started his playing career as a junior at Anfield; Another former Baggies' boss, Steve Clarke, spent 18 months at Anfield as first team coach under Kenny Dalglish; Kevin Keen worked as a coach under Dalglish at Liverpool and was assistant head coach to Clarke at The Hawthorns.


 Home 74 25 20 29 96 94
 Away 69 12 20 37 58 117
 Neutral 1 1 0 0 2 1
 Total 144 38 40 66 156 212


 Sat 25 Apr 2015  Premier League H 0-0    26,663
 Sat 04 Oct 2014  Premier League A 1-2  Berahino (pen) - Lallana, Henderson    44,708
 Sun 02 Feb 2014  Premier League H 1-1  Anichebe - Sturridge    26,132
 Sat 26 Oct 2013  Premier League A 1-4  Morrison (pen) - Suárez 3, Sturridge    44,747
 Mon 11 Feb 2013  Premier League A 2-0  McAuley, Lukaku    44,752
 Wed 26 Sep 2012  League Cup H 1-2  Tamas - Sahin 2    21,164
 Sat 18 Aug 2012  Premier League H 3-0  Gera, Odemwingie (pen), Lukaku    26,039
 Sun 22 Apr 2012  Premier League A 1-0  Odemwingie    43,660
 Sat 29 Oct 2011  Premier League H 0-2  Adam (pen), Carroll    25,522
 Sat 02 Apr 2011  Premier League H 2-1  Brunt 2 (2pens) - Skrtel    26,196

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