Three things Liverpool MUST do to put things right against West Brom

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The Reds face the Baggies in the Premier League this weekend - and a result is an absolute must.

Bring Lallana in

Last weekend against Everton, Adam Lallana was Liverpool's brightest spark during what turned out to be another disappointing day for Brendan Rodgers' side.

The £25 million man was subsequently dropped to the bench against Basel in the Champions League, though, and the Reds looked far more disjointed as a result.

The decision is understandable from the point of view of preserving Lallana's fitness - but certainly not from a team perspective. As such, the former Southampton man needs to be restored to the starting XI as soon as possible as he is only just beginning to develop his rhythm.

Lazar Markovic, meanwhile, should be dropped, while Raheem Sterling should be brought into the no.10 role or rested. Philippe Coutinho could be worth pursuing as Suso is now out injured, meaning Rodgers has one less wildcard option.

Sort out the strikers

Needless to say, Liverpool's strikers are having an abysmal time without Daniel Sturridge. But enough is enough, Mario Balotelli is clearly incapable of fitting into the Reds' current system as a lone striker.

Rodgers should thus bring in either Rickie Lambert or Fabio Borini to assist him and play two up top.

If Sturridge is fit to play against West Brom, however, the Liverpool boss should consider dropping Balotelli for a game or two and playing Sturridge alongside someone else.

Don't concede set-pieces

Liverpool's dire struggles from set-pieces are by now well documented.

It seems no matter how much is said about the Reds' back four from corners and free kicks, they simply seem incapable of defending them.

As such, Rodgers should devise a simple new tactic - as naive as it may sound: just don't concede them.

Whenever there is an opportunity to clear for a corner, or a free kick, keep it in play, even if it leads to a chance.

If it crosses the line for a set-piece, Liverpool are virtually guaranteed to concede a goal. So even giving a striker 20 yards of space before going one-on-one with Simon Mignolet is a better option right now...

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