Match Previews

Trossard available for Liverpool clash

Belgian midfielder back in training ahead of Saturday's game.

By Alex Stedman • 28 November 2020

By Paul Hazlewood
Leandro Trossard in action for Albion.

Albion host the champions on Saturday when they welcome Liverpool to the Amex, kick-off 12.30pm.

Albion recorded their second win of the season last time out at Aston Villa where goals from Danny Welbeck and Solly March gave the side a 2-1 victory.

Welbeck notched his first goal for the club in fine style, before March put Albion back in front with an equally superb finish during the second half after the home side had got back on level terms.

It turned out to be an historic first-ever win at Villa Park.  

Liverpool have had a strong start to the season. They occupy second place and are level on points with league leaders Tottenham Hotspur. 

Jurgen Klopp's men lost 2-0 at home to Atlanta on Wednesday in the UEFA Champions League. That was their heaviest defeat on home soil in all competitions since 2015. Their last Premier League outing was a 3-0 win over Leicester City at Anfield last Sunday.

The last time the two sides met was in June. Liverpool were 3-1 winners at the Amex. Leandro Trossard was on target for Albion. 

The game will be shown live on BT Sport.

Team news... 

Graham Potter provided the latest team news when he spoke to the media on Thursday.  

Tariq Lamptey will miss the game on Saturday as he serves a one-match suspension for the red card he picked up at Villa Park last weekend, but Leandro Trossard is fit and returns to the squad.  

Adam Lallana will be assessed ahead of the weekend.

Our last league fixture…

Aston Villa 1 
Konsa (47)

Albion 2
Welbeck (12)
March (56)

Albion line-up: Ryan (GK); Lamptey, Webster, Dunk, White, March; Bissouma, Lallana (Veltman 46), Gross (Molumby 90); Maupay (Burn 80), Welbeck.

Subs not used: Steele (GK), Connolly, Jahanbakhsh, Alzate. 

Their last league fixture…

Liverpool 3
Evans (OG 21)
Jota (41)
Firmino (86)

Leicester City 0

Liverpool line-up: Alisson (GK); Milner, Matip, Fabinho, Robertson; Jones, Wijnaldum, Keita (Williams 54); Jota (Origi 89), Firmino, Mane (Minamino 89)

Subs not used: Adrian (GK), Tsmikas, Phillips, Clarkson. 

The history…

Albion and Liverpool have played 31 times dating back to 1908. Albion have won four, and there have been eight draws. Liverpool have tasted victory 19 times.  

Albion's last win over Liverpool came in the fourth round of the FA Cup in 1984. Two goals in as many minutes from Gerry Ryan and Terry Connor helped Albion to a famous 2-0 win at the Goldstone. 

That memorable afternoon was the first time that an English second tier club had featured in a live television game outside of FA Cup finals. 

It was all the more remarkable given the fact that Albion had beaten the Reds the previous year in the same competition, this time away from home. Ryan was on the scoresheet again, as was Jimmy Case who scored against his former club during Albion’s run to the final. 

The Liverpool Player to Watch…

Diogo Jota has been in fine form since making the switch from Molineux to Anfield in the summer.

The 23-year-old forward has found the net 11 times in 21 appearances for club and country so far this season. His first for the Reds came in a 3-1 win over Arsenal at Anfield on September.

Since then, he has gone on to score in four consecutive games during October and November, a run which culminated in a hat-trick in a 5-0 win away to Atlanta in the Champions League.

He was also on target last Sunday against Leicester City.

Match officials…

Referee: Stuart Attwell. Assistants: Gary Beswick, Adam Nunn. Fourth official: Simon Hooper. 

VAR: Kevin Friend. Assistant VAR: Simon Beck.