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Premier League preview: Liverpool vs West Brom

19 Apr 2012

koclokindoblog, 19 April 2012, FA Cup finalists Liverpool will turn their attention back to the English Premier League when they host West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

Liverpool have slipped to eighth on the table after winning just once in their last five league matches.

But they return to Anfield full of confidence after edging Everton 2-1 in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley last week.

"It's now a case of getting ourselves back down to earth," Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish told liverpoolfc.tv.

"We've not got much experience of dealing with big games and the matches that follow it.

"A few of the lads have been through it, but mainly we are a new team and this is a new test for the majority."

With three matches to play before the FA Cup decider against Chelsea on May 5, Dalglish is hopeful Liverpool can produce a similar reaction to their Carling Cup victory at Wembley in February.

"The following weekend (after winning the Carling Cup) we went out and produced one of our best performances of the season against Arsenal," he said.

"Now we're just off the back of another good result at Wembley, and we want a similar response."

With West Brom's top-flight status all but secured, manager Roy Hodgson has challenged his players to finish above local rivals Aston Villa for the first time since 1979.

Albion are 13th with four matches remaining, seven points ahead of 15th-placed Villa, who have a game in hand.

"That would definitely be the goal - to break what is neither a record or a hoodoo, but a fact of life that it's a long time to be below an important rival," Hodgson told wba.co.uk.

The game will Hodgson's first at Anfield since he left Liverpool in January 2011.

West Brom defender Jonas Olsson could return from a groin complaint to face the Reds, but striker Marc-Antoine Fortune remains doubtful with a hamstring problem.

Liverpool have won their last five Premier League home games against West Brom without conceding a single goal.
soccerway.com


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