Can West Brom beat Liverpool for a fourth time in a row?

The Baggies travel to Anfield on Saturday with something of a hex over the Merseysiders of late.

Liverpool will hope to get back to winning ways when they take on West Brom today to keep their strong early season momentum going.

However, with the Baggies improving of late and having something of a hex over the Merseysiders recently, Brendan Rodgers’ men are in for a tough test.

West Brom have beaten Liverpool in the last three Premier League meetings between the sides, with two of those victories coming at Anfield.

The sides met back in February, with two Baggies goals in the last ten minutes from Romelu Lukaku and Gareth McAuley stunning the home faithful.

Before that a comprehensive 3-0 West Brom win in the early days of Rodgers’ tenure at Liverpool was recorded in August 2012, with Zoltan Gera, Peter Odemwingie and Lukaku on the scoresheet.

West Brom also beat Liverpool 1-0 in the clash at Anfield two seasons ago, with the result in April 2012 playing its part in the club’s decision to sack Kenny Dalglish.

With Lukaku ending a loan spell at the club in the summer and a slow start to the campaign, it looked like it could be a long season for West Brom.

However, of late Steve Clarke’s men have significantly improved, and as such will go to Anfield full of confidence. They have not been beaten in five Premier League games, and have recorded an away win against Manchester United and a draw against in-form Arsenal during that period.

Liverpool certainly have the attacking ability to hurt West Brom at Anfield, but the hosts must be aware of the potential of Baggies counter-attacks. In trio Saido Berahino, Stephane Sessegnon and Morgan Amalfitano, the visitors have mobile, quick and skillful players able to strike on the break.

The game should also be a good indicator of how far the respective sides have come over the last year.

Liverpool are in the running for a top-four place and if they are to achieve this need to win home games against the likes of West Brom. The Baggies have moved up the table of late, and another impressive performance here would go some way to building momentum, with a top-half finish their goal this term.

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