Liverpool are set to take on West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns after handing a spanking of 4-2 to Manchester United at Old Trafford in their last outing in the Premier League.
The Reds are presently at the sixth spot in the EPL points table with 60 points in the bag. Jurgen Klopp’s men are still in contention to enter the Champions League draft next year by improving their ranking in the Premier League with only three games left this season.
And this might be Klopp’s best shot to snatch three points from a team that is on the verge of relegation. Albion have been below par this year.
They haven’t shown the intent to make it big in the Premier League, and will not make it next season if they don’t improve their position in the points table.
As of May 16, Albion are ranked 19th, just above Sheffield United. They have bagged only 27 points in 35 games. Even if they win three games in a row, Albion will not be able to make their way out of the relegation zone in 2021. This is primarily because 17th-place Brighton have pocketed 38 points already, hence, the 11-point jump in space of three games is an impossible task for the Baggies.
When is Liverpool vs Albion?
The Albion-Liverpool showdown will take place at 4:30 pm (UK Time) on Sunday, May 16. Spectators will not be allowed inside The Hawthorns due to coronavirus restrictions.
The league games are now being played behind closed doors to avoid another COVID-10 outbreak in the UK.
How to watch Albion vs Liverpool?
Football fans can switch to two channels – Sports Main Event (401) and Sky Sports Premier League – to watch Liverpool lock horns against an out-of-form Albion.
West Bromwich Albion
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Liverpool are in red-hot form recently, courtesy of tactical playmaking of their midfielders and forwards. The Reds will be high on confidence against Albion on Sunday coming onto the back of United’s thumping.
On the other hand, Albion drew their last meeting against Jurgen Klopp’s side in the away game, but the overall records tell a different story. The Baggies have lost a staggering 69 games against Liverpool and won only 38 matches.
As for Liverpool, they will look to finish the PL campaign on a good note after crashing out of the FA Cup and Champions League this year.
They showed moments of sheer brilliance, but their sub-standard performances every now and then overshadowed everything. Speaking to media after Liverpool lost to Everton 0-2 in February, Klopp did not shy away from claiming that his side wasn’t up to the mark.
He said the Reds failed to cover the basics, and this lacking has hurt them throughout the whole year. However, despite having a very average campaign in 2021, the Reds are the favourites to win the Sunday showdown.