West Brom v Liverpool: Match Preview

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West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool
Barclays Premier League;
The Hawthorns;
Sat, 29th Oct; 1730 KO

Team News

Shane Long is unavailable for the Baggies after suffering a knee injury against Aston Villa last weekend, leaving Roy Hodgson to choose between Simon Cox, Peter Odemwingie and Somen Tchoyi up-front.

Paul Scharner, Graham Dorrans and Jerome Thomas are expected to be available.

Luis Suarez is the major concern for Liverpool after the striker picked up an injury in the Carling Cup win at Stoke, with Andy Carroll tipped to start up-front with or without the Uruguayan.

Lucas Leiva is expected to replace Jay Spearing in the squad, whilst Daniel Agger's midweek return means he's a probable starter in central defence. Glen Johnson is also expected to feature.

Dalglish facing selection headache

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish admits he has some key selection decisions to make ahead of Saturday's late kick-off against the club's former manager.

Roy Hodgson got the better of the Reds when the two sides met at the Hawthorns at the end of last season, but 'King Kenny' is in confident mood after an impressive showing in the Carling Cup against Stoke City in midweek.

"Every game you go into gives you a selection problem. I suppose there is a wee bit more added to that after we got such a positive result at Stoke City, and after playing so well. It's a nice position to be in," he told the club's official website.

"The more players we have to pick from then the better chance we have of being successful. We are delighted, like we have said many times before, with the strength of the squad. They got their reward the other night. The boys who don't play as often went out there and did very well. It does give you a problem for the next game."

Hodgson, whose tenure at Anfield ended almost nine-months ago, has build a quiet confidence around his side at the Hawthorns after an impressive start to the season which sees them sitting twelfth - although performances suggest they could be even higher.

Attempting to divert attentions away from his time on Merseyside, the Baggies boss is more interested in the possible dangers that Liverpool hold ahead of their meeting.

"They have spent quite wisely and brought some very good players into the club. Several of them have been enormous successes, especially Luis Suarez but also Stewart Downing, Charlie Adam and Jose Enrique," he said pre-match.

"So their team is much, much stronger than it's been in a long while and they have had a good start to the season. We have to be aware that this is one of those matches where you go onto the field far from being favourites, albeit you're playing at home. If you want to get something from the game you've got to perform at the highest level."

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