Charlie Nicholas predicts Liverpool vs West Brom result

Liverpool host West Bromwich Albion on Sunday afternoon.

Former player Charlie Nicholas is backing Liverpool to beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0 at Anfield though he predicts a tough afternoon for the hosts, writing in his column for Sky Sports.

The Reds have been rather inconsistent recently under new boss Jurgen Klopp, winning away at the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea while also posting defeats to Crystal Palace and Newcastle United.

There are a number of questions marks over their forward line and with Daniel Sturridge absent through injury, big summer signing Christian Benteke will fancy his chances of playing.

The Baggies have been competitive, defensively well organised and extremely resilient this season and Nicholas feels they will give the Reds a tough game at Anfield.

But he backs the hosts to win narrowly, saying: “I don't think Benteke has really delivered yet and if Klopp can get the best out of him then Liverpool can kick on.”

West Brom's defenders will enjoy that scrap though and if you can get past the first 20-25 minutes the fans get a little anxious. They're waiting for this team to do something for them at Anfield.”

“Klopp wants his team to come out fast and build momentum and that's going to be key, but West Brom will do their upmost to prevent that from happening. I think Liverpool will win this but they'll fall over the line rather than really convince.”

The Reds currently sit in tenth position but a win could push them up to seventh and just three points off Manchester United in fourth, a big incentive for Klopp’s side to really go for it.

A top four spot is definitely within reach for the Merseysiders this season, yet scoring goals when they’re on top has often been their Achilles heel and it needs rectifying sooner rather than later.

Benteke, despite his slow start at Anfield, is a renowned scorer and providing width for his is important.

However, Klopp often prefers his attacking players to play more centrally and it’s difficult to envisage the Belgian striker getting much width from Adam Lallana, Philippe Coutinho or Roberto Firmino.

It’s a dilemma for Klopp, and one which may take some time for him to get right.

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