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Match preview: Burn ruled out of Anfield trip

Team news ahead of Saturday's Premier League game against Liverpool

29 October 2021

By Paul Hazlewood
Graham Potter is looking forward to taking his side to Anfield

Albion head to Anfield on Saturday for one of the hardest fixtures of the season against Premier League pacesetters Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have hit an impressive run of form with 5-0 wins in their last two league games against Watford and Manchester United, both away from home, lifting them into second place a point behind leaders Chelsea.

But Albion have relatively recent history of winning at Anfield. Back in January a second-half goal from Steven Alzate secured a famous 1-0 victory, Albion’s first win there since that famous FA Cup triumph back in 1983.

Liverpool have yet to lose this season with 12 wins out of 14 in all competitions. They dropped their only points in home draws against their title rivals Chelsea and Manchester City.

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Extended Highlights: Liverpool 0 Albion 1

Team news

Dan Burn has had a scan on the knee he hurt in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup tie against Leicester City and although the full extent of the injury is not known, Graham Potter did confirm he will not be involved at Anfield.

Alzate and Danny Welbeck are long-term absentees but otherwise Albion have everyone else available.

View from the boss

Graham Potter, “I’m a football fan and I like good football and if you look at the first goal Liverpool scored against Manchester City then yes, I was very impressed. Again, it’s “out of this world” class and then the second one [Mo Salah scored against Watford] is the same.

"You can't do anything other than look at it and just applaud and say if that happens then that's life. That's just the level. We have to bring ourselves to the game as best we can and be ourselves, try and learn from the game, be competitive, try and win. But ultimately enjoy the challenge of facing the best.”

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Mo Salah has scored in his last ten games for Liverpool

Player to watch

If Albion can prevent Mo Salah from extending his run of scoring they will go some way towards improving their chances of getting a result. Salah has netted in his last ten games in a row and already has 15 for the season.

The quality of his goals, particularly against Manchester City and Watford, have cemented his status as the best player in the world on current form.

The 29-year-old, who joined Liverpool in 2017, has notched more than 140 competitive goals for the club and says he is keen to extend his stay at Anfield.