Veltman: Time to repeat away form at the Amex

Defender relishing Liverpool's visit to the Amex on Saturday.

By Bruce Talbot • 12 January 2023

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Joel Veltman believes Albion can reproduce their recent away form on Saturday.

Joel Veltman says the squad are keen to treat the Amex crowd to the sort of performance we’ve been showing on the road in recent games.

In our last three games in league and cup we have scored 12 goals and are the leading scorers away from home in the Premier League with 19, one more than leaders Arsenal.

But Albion are 14th in the table based on home results with three wins from eight games, a statistic Veltman and his teammates are keen to improve against Liverpool on Saturday. And while Albion have won one and drawn two of their last three visits to Anfield, Liverpool have prevailed in four of their last five visits to the Amex and are unbeaten in ten away matches against Albion.

“It would be nice to get another statement win at the Amex,” said Veltman. “In the last few away games we have played really well and there is a lot of confidence in the squad at the moment, you can see it every day in training. We have to stay humble but there’s no reason why we can’t get a result.

“We’re scoring lots of goals and that gives us confidence that we can do it against a big opponent such as Liverpool. I think it will be a good game. Both teams like to press, and it could come down to mistakes or the little details that decide it.

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Cody Gakpo made his Liverpool debut against Wolves last Saturday.

“But 100% it’s a good test for us. We have done well against some top teams this season, like Manchester United away and Chelsea at home, and this is a big challenge for us against a difficult opponent.”

Veltman could come up against a familiar face in Liverpool’s new signing Cody Gakpo, who broke through at the top level with three goals for the Netherlands at the World Cup before heading to Anfield earlier this month from PSV Eindhoven and making his debut against Wolves in the FA Cup on Saturday.

“I trained with him with the national team and played a couple of times against him when I was at PSV and he played for Ajax. He scored three goals at the World Cup and he put himself into the shop window,” added Veltman.

“He has the quality to play in the Premier League. So do a lot of players but sometimes they don’t show it. But he did an amazing job for PSV and now Liverpool have some injuries so he could play on Saturday.”