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Premier League 2020-21 Preview: Liverpool vs West Bromwich Albion

Liverpool Fc will return back in action after their well deserved Christmas break as they set their sights on their next Match against the visitors West Bromwich Albion Fc in the Premier League.

Date: 27 December 2020 (Sunday) ; Time: 4:30 p.m (BST) kick-off ; Venue: Anfield, England.

After recovering from their previous injuries; Joël Matip, Naby Keïta and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were part of the Liverpool Fc (The Reds) side that thumped the hosts Crystal Palace Fc.

The Trio might feature for the West Bromwich Albion Fc (The Baggies) home clash. Others like Takumi Minamino, Divock Origi and the Reds Youth Academy Players like Curtis Jones, Nathaniel Phillips and Neco Williams might also play.

Despite facing the Reds couple of years ago, the Baggies over the last 6 years have proven to be a tough side for the Reds to overcome.

When these two teams faced the last time; the Reds were held to a dour 0-0 draw at home (Premier League 2017-18 Season).

 

Reds Team Injuries and Suspensions: After undergoing successful surgeries on their injured knees; Joe Gomez and Virgil Van Dijk are sidelined for the indeterminate future.

The good news is Van Dijk has stepped up his rehabilitation process. However, no timescale has been set by the Club for the return of Van Dijk and Gomez.

Konstantinos Tsimikas is ruled out after hurting his knee during the Second Half of the FC Midtjylland Away Clash.

Diogo Jota remains sidelined after injuring his knee during the Second Half of FC Midtjylland Away Match.

Both of them are expected to return around the second week of February 2021.

After recovering from his knee injury sustained during the Everton Away Match, Thiago Alcântara looks all set to return back in action after training with the squad. But, the Club are not willing to rush his return and show err on the side of caution by patiently waiting until the Spaniard can work his back to peak condition.

Xherdan Shaqiri also looks set to return back in action as the Swiss trained alongside with the squad. The Swiss International suffered earlier a leg muscle injury while on international duty with Switzerland.

James Milner is edging closer to returning back to the squad. The Englishman sustained a hamstring injury during the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club Away Match.

The Duo could be considered for selection subject to fitness assessments prior to the Baggies home Fixture.

 

Verdict: The Baggies have been struggling in the Premier League this Season. To avoid a possible defeat, the Reds can expect the Baggies to play defensively under their new Manager Sam Allardyce.

The Former England Football Team Manager has a prolific record of lifting his former sides out of the relegation zone and kept his side afloat in the Premier League.

By maintaining a strong defensive shape, Allardyce sides have built the reputation of being difficult to beat.

With the imminent return of key Midfielders like Thiago; Jürgen Klopp will have more midfield Options to call upon and these players provides more tactical flexibilities.

Whichever teams the Reds will face; the opponents will require different tactical approaches to beat the Reds, rather than just defend deep and attack on the counter.

 

Wishing Everyone a Peaceful and Merry Christmas.

 

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