4 Key Battles (Liverpool vs. West Bromwich Albion)
Liverpool resume their Premier League challenge or as it will be called now, the futile effort to reach the top 4 challenge as they face West Bromwich Albion during the weekend. The Reds came off a rather insipid display against Aston Villa in the FA Cup last week and were rightly knocked out of the competition.
Liverpool are 7 points behind Manchester city in the race for the final Champions League spot but have a game in hand against the rest of the top four. Chasing them down might be a little difficult seeing that they only have 6 games left to try out their luck but you never know when a club can collapse. West Brom will be no pushovers as Tony Pulis, savour extraordinaire for clubs will be taking his boys to Anfield in hope for another shock to Liverpool’s system.
We look at four key battles that could decide the direction the 3 points head at the end of the 90 minutes.
Sterling vs. Berahino
Two young, bright English forwards going head to head, their stories for the season have somehow intertwined as well. Both started the campaigns for their clubs in brilliant form but have slowed down in the second half of the season. Both are looking at greener pastures (green mostly in terms of making money) and both need a kick up the back to get them playing again. All eyes would be on the forwards and the forward doing the best could help his team win the 3 points.
Ibe vs. Brunt
The next Raheem Sterling but Jordon Ibe has the ability to be better than Raheem since he is built better and seems to be stronger with the ball at his feet, Chris Brunt might have been shifted to a wing back role for West Brom but he will have to be on his guard as Ibe has been a box full of tricks this season for Liverpool and will be looking to continue the good work.
Skrtel vs. Anichebe
The tough man in Liverpool’s defence will have his job cut out as he takes on Victor Anichebe. This battle will be even more intriguing as Skrtel will be looking to give Rodgers more reasons to keep him signed up for next season as his contract runs out and Anichebe will be looking to go up against the old enemy as he represented Everton earlier in his career, this battle might not be for squeamish.
Henderson vs. Fletcher
The Liverpool Captain or vice-captain, if Gerrard plays, just signed a new long-term contract and he would be looking to show the fans that he is every bit worth his £100,000 weekly contract. There has been one criticism of Henderson’s game is that he is extremely inconsistent. Fletcher might have seen his glory Manchester United days go by, but that does not mean he will not give the younger but less experienced Henderson an easy go in the game.