First XI

Liverpool team news: Pedro, Enciso and Gilmour absent

A look ahead to Sunday's game at Anfield.

By Bruce Talbot • 30 March 2024

By Paul Hazlewood
Lewis Dunk celebrates his second-half equaliser in the 2-2 draw against Liverpool in October.

Albion return to Premier League action on Sunday when we face Liverpool at Anfield, kick off 2pm. The game is live on Sky Sports.

Team news

Roberto De Zerbi said in his pre-match press conference that Joao Pedro is not available, with the Italian saying he doesn't want to risk his young players with a busy period of matches on the horizon. He could however play a part at Brentford on Wednesday.

James Milner is also unavailable, while Julio Enciso has a muscular problem and Billy Gilmour suffered a knee injury while on international duty with Scotland.

If he faces his former club, Adam Lallana will make his 100th appearance for Albion.

Player to watch

Darwin Nunez will be a threat to Albion’s defence on Sunday, having scored six goals in Liverpool’s last seven matches and four, as well as two assists, in his last four.

By Paul Hazlewood
Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez has scored four goals and provided two assists in his last six games.

It earned him another call-up for Uruguay, but he had to stay at home during the international break for treatment on a hamstring injury he suffered in the 4-3 FA Cup defeat to Liverpool on 17 March. The 24-year-old joined Liverpool in June 2022 and has 22 goals in all competitions this season.

Facts and stats

Having won each of their first six Premier League games against Albion, Liverpool have now won just one of their last seven against them (D4 L2).

Albion are unbeaten in their last three away league games against Liverpool (W1 D2), having only avoided defeat in two of their previous 11 visits to Anfield (W1 D1 L9).

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 26 Premier League home games (W20 D6) since a 2-1 loss to Leeds in October 2022. The Reds have both scored and conceded in their last six at Anfield, and last had a longer such run between August and December 2019 (8).

Albion beat Nottingham Forest 1-0 in their last Premier League game but haven’t managed to string together consecutive victories in the competition since a run of three in September.

Since the start of last season, 11 of Albion’s 12 Premier League away wins have been against sides in the bottom half of the table with the exception being a 3-0 win at second placed Arsenal last May.

37% of the shots Liverpool have faced in the Premier League this season have been from outside the box (114/310), with only three clubs facing a higher share from distance this term. Despite this, the Reds have conceded fewer outside the box goals than any other side (1).

Twelve of Albion’s Premier League goals this season have been scored by substitutes, more than any other side. Meanwhile, Liverpool’s 11 sub goals this term have been worth a league-high 10 points to the Reds.

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is averaging a goal or assist every 76 minutes in the Premier League, the best rate of anyone to play at least 180 minutes in the competition this season. The Egyptian needs one more assist to become the first player in Premier League history to reach double figures for both goals and assists in three consecutive seasons.

Alexis Mac Allister – who played 112 times for Albion between 2020-23 – has scored in each of his last three appearances for Liverpool in all competitions (3 goals in total). He’d scored just twice in his first 31 appearances for the Reds this term.

Coming into this round of games, no player has provided more assists in the Premier League this season than Brighton’s Pascal Gross (10). The German also ranks second for chances created (76) and is one of two players along with Fulham’s Andreas Pereira to create 30+ chances from both open play (46) and set plays (30) this term.

Match officials

Referee: David Coote. 

Assistants: Tim Wood, Mark Scholes. 

Fourth official: Craig Pawson. 

VAR: Paul Tierney. 

Assistant VAR: Dan Cook.