West Brom vs Liverpool - as it happened: Firmino header secures victory for the Reds

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Re-live all the action from The Hawthorns

Liverpool travel to West Brom in search of all three points as they bid to secure a top-four finish.  As for the home team, Tony Pulis’ men continue to sit pretty in the middle of the table with 44 points to their name having enjoyed a respectable season so far.

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Live Updates

Good afternoon and welcome to the Independent's live coverage of today's Premier League clash between West Brom and Liverpool. Stay tuned as we bring you all the updates and goals from The Hawthorns!

Team news:

West Brom: Foster, Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Brunt, Fletcher, Yacob, Livermore, Phillips, Chadli, Robson-Kanu.
 
Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Matip, Lucas, Milner, Can, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Firmino, Origi.
 
 
 
 
Liverpool can ill afford to slip up today as they eye a precious spot in the top four. Jurgen Klopp's men currently sit in fourth, six points ahead of Everton and United. The latter have two games in hand and should they win today against Chelsea the pressure will be on for the Reds.

West Brom have stalled since passing the 40-point mark but the side still hold the potential to throw a spanner in the works and deny Liverpool all three points. Klopp's side will need to have their wits about them if they're to secure a much-needed victory.

What have the managers said?

 
West Brom manager Tony Pulis: "The target is to get as many points as we can. And we want performances. We want the players to go out and put good performances in.

"It's going to be a really tough game because they have a lot to play for."

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "West Brom have all our respect and all our concentration.

"We will try to be at our best. West Brom have had an outstanding season. Last two or three matches they didn't score but (that's) nothing we should think about.

"Maybe they are the most experienced team in the Premier League. [They have] a lot of things that cause us problems."
The stats you need to know...
  • Liverpool are unbeaten in their last seven league matches with West Brom, with three wins and four draws.
  • However, the Baggies have only lost one of the last six meetings at The Hawthorns - the last three have been draws.
  • West Brom have only earned four points from the last 18 available.
  • The Baggies have scored a league-high 14 goals from corners this season.
  • Jurgen Klopp's side have kept just one clean sheet in their last 13 league matches.
  • The Reds have 63 points from 32 games, 12 more than they did at this stage last season.
The Liverpool changing room
 

Jurgen Klopp throws down the gauntlet to his Liverpool players

 
"I will only be satisfied if we reach the Champions League."
Right, the players are out on the pitch - we're moments away from kick-off. Stay tuned!
1 min: ​Kick-off! We're under way!
2 min: Matt Phillips launches a dangerous throw-in to the Liverpool box which the visiting defence struggles to deal with. A scramble ensues before Matip eventually puts his foot through the ball to clear the danger.
4 min: Possession is pinging back and forth between the two sides as they struggle to get a hold of the game. A relatively quiet and uneventful start so far.
6 min: West Brom hand-ball on the half-way line. Liverpool free-kick.
8 min: Can pumps forward a long, searching cross-field ball to the right flank as Clyne gives chase. He gets a touch to the pass but struggles to bring it under control and the ball eventually rolls out for a West Brom goal-kick.
11 min: This has got Tony Pulis written all over it. Liverpool are largely dictating the game but West Brom are proving too structured and coherent to break down. They might not play the best football but the Baggies can be one of the league's most resilient sides on their day.
15 min: Chance for Liverpool! Coutinho snatches hold of possession on the half-way line, drives forward with menace and plays a neat reverse pass into the West Brom to Firmino up for a shot on goal. He lets loose, firing the ball low and hard across the deck, but it's not to be and fizzes past the right-hand side post.
18 min: Liverpool corner. It's whipped in from the right but West Brom deal with it comfortably and the danger is nodded clear.
21 min: Liverpool have got the bit between their teeth now. They're looking far more energetic around the West Brom box as Can floats one in. It sails across the penalty towards the far right post but Forster is on hand and claims the ball with two firm hands.
24 min: Another chance for Liverpool! Milner picks out Coutinho on the edge of the West Brom box who meets the delivery with a low fizzing volley. It looked as if he was playing the ball back across the penalty area in search of his team-mates but there was no-one in sight. West Brom goal-kick.
26 min: West Brom corner. It's a dangerous in-swinger that's curled towards the very centre of the Liverpool penalty area but Mignolet muscles his way past the box full of bodies to punch the danger clear.
30 min: Phillips bursts down the right with menace but Can charges in to stop the West Brom attack and muscles the player off the ball. Excellent bit of recovery play from the Liverpool man.

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When is it?

Kick-off is 13.30 at The Hawthorns, Sunday 16 April.

Where can I watch it?

Sky Sports 1. Coverage starts at 12.45.

Remember when…

Luis Suarez scored a scintillating hat-trick to help fire Liverpool to a 4-1 victory? The Reds ran riot at Anfield as they brushed past an overwhelmed West Brom side in October 2013.

[LFCTV] Highlights : Liverpool 4-1 West Brom ( 11 mins ) from bol_thekop on Vimeo.

Past three meetings…

Liverpool 2 West Brom 1, Premier League, October 2016

West Brom 1 Liverpool 1, Premier League, May 2016

Liverpool 2 West Brom 2, Premier League, December 2015

Form guide…

West Brom: LLDWLL

Liverpool: WDWDWW

Odds…

West Brom to win: 15/4

Liverpool to win: 19/25

Draw: 14/5

(Odds provided by Bet 888)

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