LIVERPOOL v WEST BROMWICH ALBION
Barclays Premier League
Monday 11th February 2013,
This is the 140th league and cup meeting between Albion and Liverpool.
The two clubs have met once before on February 11,
in 1905, when goals from Sam Raybould and Jack Parkinson gave Liverpool a 2-0
win in a Second Division game at The Hawthorns.
Albion's record on February 11 is pretty poor,
winning just three out of 17 games. The last time the Baggies won on this date
was 80 years ago in 1933 when they recorded a 2-0 victory at home to Sheffield
Wednesday. The last game Albion played on February 11 was in 2006 when Bryan
Robson's men suffered a 6-1 thrashing at Fulham.
Albion have not won on successive visits to Anfield
The Baggies have won three out of the last four
league meetings with the Reds, this coming after winning only two of the
Albion are attempting to complete their first
league double over Liverpool since the 1966/67 season.
Liverpool's last 10
league games has produced at least three goals in total.
Albion, along with
Reading, are the only Premier League club yet to keep an away clean sheet this
Jerome Thomas will make his 100th Albion appearance if he figures in the game.
Albion's last six games:
Tottenham Hotspur (H) 0-1; Everton
(A) 1-2; Aston Villa (H) 2-2; QPR (H
FAC) 0-1; Reading
(A) 2-3; QPR (A FAC) 1-1
Liverpool's last six games: Manchester City (A)
2-2; Arsenal (A) 2-2; Oldham Athletic (A FAC) 2-3; Norwich City (H) 5-0;
Manchester United (A) 1-2; Mansfield Town (A FAC) 2-1
Youssouf Mulumbu could return
following his knee problem, whilst Peter Odemwingie is back in the squad after
apologising for his recent behaviour during his attempts to force a transfer to
Queens Park Rangers.
Macedonian defender Goran Popov
begins a three-match ban following his red card for spitting at Tottenham's Kyle
Walker last weekend.
George Thorne and Zoltan Gera
are both out with long-term injuries.
Foster, Myhill, Daniels,
Reid, Jones, Olsson, McAuley, Tamas, Ridgewell, Dorrans, Mulumbu, Yacob, Brunt,
Morrison, Thomas, Long, Lukaku, Fortune, Odemwingie, Rosenberg, Nabi.
Striker Daniel Sturridge faces a late fitness test after
missing England's 2-1 victory over
Brazil on Wednesday. Martin
Kelly remains sidelined with a knee injury.
Raheem Sterling, who missed England Under-21s' win over
Sweden on Tuesday with a
dead leg, is now fit.
£8.5million signing Philippe Coutinho trained with the squad for the first time
yesterday and could be named among the substitutes.
Reina, Johnson, Carragher,
Agger, Enrique, Gerrard, Lucas, Henderson, Downing, Suarez, Sturridge, Jones,
Wisdom, Skrtel, Allen, Shelvey, Coutinho, Borini, Sterling.
Albion boss Steve Clarke:
“It’s been a difficult time for the club. My job is to try
and keep the players on an even keel and try and get good performances.
“The biggest disappointment for me was the first 45 minutes against Tottenham
last week was as good as we’ve been for a number of weeks but a lot of what has
gone on around that has detracted and taken away from that. It’s important we
focus on the football side and the fact we are starting to show a few signs
we’re getting back to the form pre-Christmas.
“I would think at some point some players have been distracted by what has gone
on, other players have just got on with it, and maybe different players have
been distracted at different times. It hasn’t been ideal for us. And it hasn’t
been a good six weeks since the turn of the year results-wise.
“But, in football, you’ve always got the next game and it’s a fantastic game to
look forward to on Monday night at Anfield. I’m looking forward to it. I had a
great 18 months at Liverpool football club. I made a lot of friends and have a lot of good memories
from my time there. I look forward to going back. Hopefully
West Brom can get the same
result as they did last year at Anfield.
“I’m not surprised at all to see some of the youngsters coming through there and
some of the more experienced ones that Kenny signed as well. It can take a
period of time for people to settle into a club the size of Liverpool. Stewart
Downing is in the team, Jordan Henderson and Jose Enrique, and Luis Suarez has
really settled into the club now. I think at this stage
Liverpool are probably playing the best football in the Premier
League. They had a difficult start but now they have picked up and are doing
really well. It’s going to be a tough night for us.
“You couldn’t be prepared for
the events that have happened here, certainly in the last ten days I don’t think
you could be prepared for that. It’s nice to see there have been apologies and
everyone wants to move on. The most important thing for us from a football point
of view is that we want to move on. You can’t stand still, you can’t keep
looking back - we have to move on. Me and the players will deal with it. Some
players will deal with it in their own way, which will be different from someone
else and different from me. But we’ll all deal with it together and move
forward. Because at the end of the day, we’re all professionals and I’ve got to
get the best out of the group I’ve got. That means playing football matches,
playing well and getting points. That’s the only way to go forward.”
boss Brendan Rogers:
"Once we reach the 10 games-to-go mark you are getting to the
business end of the season and if we keep progressing like we are then that will
make me happy. But it is more longer term than that. This season was always
going to be a season of change, although I did say in the first half we would
get better and that is what we have been doing. We will fight and give
everything we can to get the results to keep our performance level improving.
"The players have done remarkably well up to this point.
We've had ups and downs through the season and we've lost games we should have
won. There's no doubt there's been a real shift in mentality of the group but
we've still got a long way to go. We still have an awful lot of improvements to
make, a lot of consistency to find but we are on the right path and that is
"My only focus now is the next game. It is very difficult to
forecast (results) and look beyond
West Brom. We have an important
couple of weeks coming up in terms of games but the first one is always the most
Albion Win: 13/2, Liverpool Win: 2/5, Draw:
Sturridge 7/2, Gerrard 11/2, Borini 6/1, Shelvey 7/1, Coutinho 8/1, Sterling
8/1, Suso 8/1, Lukaku 9/1, Long 10/1, Assaidi 12/1, Odemwingie 12/1, Downing
14/1, Henderson 14/1, Fortune 14/1, Morrison 14/1, Rosenberg 14/1, Brunt 18/1,
Enrique 20/1, Dorrans 20/1.
Jon Moss (West Yorkshire)
Has refereed two
Albion games so far this season, the 2-0 victory at home to Everton in September
and the 2-0 defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford in December.
Moss took charge of three Albion games during the
2011/12 season - The 2-1 Carling Cup defeat
at Everton in September, the 2-1 defeat at home to Swansea in February and the
1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers at The Hawthorns in April.
The official has refereed one Liverpool game this
season, the 0-0 draw at Swansea City in November.
Albion fans are now on general sale.
The Baggies have been allocated 1,700 seats for the game, priced £42 adults,
£31.50 OAPs (over 65s), and £15 juniors (under 16s).
but dry and cold, 0°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, Roddy 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
Albion's best league win against
Liverpool came in February 1936 at The Hawthorns. W.G Richardson helped 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.
Albion's victory at Anfield last
season came after a run of 24 games at the venue without a win.
LAST MEETING AT ANFIELD
Barclays Premier League
Sunday 22nd April 2012,
Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique, Kuyt (Bellamy 68), Henderson, Spearing (Shelvey
83), Maxi (Downing 74), Suarez, Carroll. Subs not used: Doni, Coates,
Agger 76 (unsporting behavoiur), Shelvey
Foster, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Brunt, Dorrans
(Cox 86), Mulumbu, Thomas (Andrews 69), Odemwingie (Scharner 83), Long. Subs
not used: Fulop, Tchoyi, Shorey,
Goalscorer: Odemwingie 75
Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)
West Brom completed the ultimate smash-and-grab raid to record their
first win at Anfield for 45 years as
Liverpool dominated but dropped yet more points at home. Had the
hosts converted all their chances they would probably have made it into double
figures but their season-long goalscoring problems cost them dearly once again.
Baggies manager Hodgson, sacked by Liverpool in January last
year after a disappointing six months in charge, will no doubt have taken great
satisfaction on his first return to his former club. Kenny Dalglish, the man who
replaced him, will be wondering what his side have to do solve their problems in
front of goal after twice hitting the woodwork and having a penalty claim
rejected in addition to numerous other opportunities. But having not broken
West Brom's resistance
there was always the risk of punishment and it was duly delivered by Peter
Odemwingie 15 minutes from time. Liverpool have now won just one Barclays
Premier League game at home in 2012 and scored only six goals in seven matches,
and have dropped 27 points at Anfield in the current campaign.
With diving back on the agenda after recent incidents
involving Manchester United's Ashley Young, the spotlight was turned on Maxi
Rodriguez in the most contentious incident of the first half The Argentinian did
appear to be caught by Billy Jones as he flicked the ball past him on the edge
of the six-yard area but referee Neil Swarbrick waved away penalty appeals. But
Liverpool, without the injured Steven Gerrard, should not have had to
rely on the official for a helping hand after a number of chances went begging.
Their previous nine draws and two defeats at home were a direct result of them
failing to convert and the first half was almost a re-run of games gone by.
Players seemed to be queuing up to squander opportunities as dominance in
possession failed to lead to an end product. Dirk Kuyt, whose future at Anfield
has been the subject of much speculation this week, set the tone in the 10th
minute by dragging a shot wide when he had to at least hit the target. Luis
Suarez's cross-shot failed to either test goalkeeper Ben Foster or find a
team-mate in the six-yard area and when he did have a shot parried by Foster,
the rebound was blazed over by Rodriguez. In between there was the penalty
appeal before Carroll headed wide, Suarez nodded a looping effort on to the roof
of the net and Daniel Agger had a close-range shot turned behind.
West Brom were restricted to two
chances but had it not been for the brilliance of Jose Reina, returning after a
three-match suspension, they would have been ahead. The Spain international
produced an instinctive one-handed save low to his left to stop Chris Brunt's
28th-minute volley before blocking Liam Ridgewell's shot when Graham Dorrans'
corner dropped in the six-yard area.
If anything it got worse after half-time as the visitors'
defence came under siege yet was never beaten, although that was often down to
luck as much as design. Jordan Henderson began the onslaught by smashing a shot
against the crossbar with Foster well beaten, Suarez produced a trademark
weaving run along the byline before firing over with Rodriguez also volleying
into the Kop from another Carroll knockdown. Kuyt continued the theme with a
shot deflected onto a post by Ridgewell and Carroll both volleyed and headed
over. The Baggies' goal was leading a charmed life with Foster saving from
Suarez, Carroll falling over as he tried to force home the rebound and Jay
Spearing's shot blocked by Brunt on the line all in the same move before
Henderson fired into the side-netting. But the 75th minute brought the sucker
punch which Reds fans who have watched similar games at Anfield this season were
probably expecting. Glen Johnson's attempts to wriggle out of a tight spot deep
on the right of defence saw him give the ball away to Mulumbu, who played in
Odemwingie to shoot past Reina. It was only the Baggies' second goal in 12
visits to Anfield - the last coming when Garth Crooks scored in a 4-1 defeat in
1985 - but if Hodgson felt a degree of smugness he did well to hide it as he sat
unmoved on the bench. Still
Liverpool's onslaught continued, with Jonas Olsson blocking a certain
goal for Carroll and Foster claiming Suarez's narrow-angle shot at the second
attempt, and at the final whistle an understandable air of disbelief wafted
Current Baggies' boss Steve Clarke spent 18 months at Anfield as first
team coach under Kenny Dalglish. Clarke left his role in the Summer following
the appointment of Brendan Rogers and two days later was named as Albion's new
joint assistant head coach Kevin Keen worked as a coach at Liverpool
under Dalglish and alongside Clarke. He moved to The Hawthorns in July after
youngster 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: Freddie Buck, David Burrows, Scott Carson, John Chadburn,
Harry Chambers, John Durnin, Bruce Grobbelaar, John Glover, Andrew Hannah, Charlie Hewitt, Tony Kelly,
Chris Kirkland, Steve Nicol and David Speedie.
Current England boss Roy Hodgson managed both clubs whilst
ex-Albion boss Jimmy Hagan started his playing career as a junior
ALL-TIME LEAGUE & CUP RECORD VS LIVERPOOL
TEN MATCHES AGAINST LIVERPOOL
Wed 26 Sep 2012
Tamas - Sahin 2
Sat 18 Aug 2012
Gera, Odemwingie (pen), Lukaku
Sun 22 Apr 2012
Sat 29 Oct 2011
Adam (pen), Carroll
Sat 02 Apr 2011
Brunt 2 (2pens) - Skrtel
Sun 29 Aug 2010
Sun 17 May 2009
Sat 08 Nov 2008
Keane 2, Arbeloa
Sat 01 Apr 2006
Sat 31 Dec 2005