West Brom vs. Liverpool: Complete Premier League Preview, Team News & First XI's
Liverpool are set to begin anew in the English Premier League once more. For the third season in a row, they have a new manager standing on the sideline hoping that it will be his vision that finally restores the historic club to its former glory.
Roy Hodgson's tactics and transfer policy never fit in with the club. Kenny Dalglish saw his second reign at Anfield bemoaned by controversy, over-spending on over-priced talent and hitting the woodwork more times than any side in recent history, that I can recall.
The club's new man is now Brendan Rodgers. Swansea City's former golden goose led the club all the way to a mid table finish in the English Premier League before he was snapped up as Dalglish's replacement.
His brand of attacking, pass and move football is reminiscent of the Liverpool of old and the change in attitude has already looked to have had affect considering the club's final two preseason performances.
However, there is more to the continued saga of Liverpool that crosses paths with the frustrations of West Bromwich Albion than you would think. For the second year in a row, the Hawthornes will be under the care of a former Liverpool man. Roy Hodgson was the man last season, former assistant manager Steve Clark now has taken up the post.
Moving forward, it is now clear that there is definitely change happening at Anfield. New signings in the form of Italian international Fabio Borini have already started making there mark. The former AS Roma youngster scored his first Liverpool goal in his Anfield debut during the Red's UEFA Europa League qualifying home leg against FC Gomel.
The signing of Joe Allen from Swansea City is sure to still be controversial to fans of the Welsh club after it seemed that Liverpool had agreed to keep their hands off of Rodger's former charges until at least next summer. Nothing like a good bit of cash to use a buyout clause in attempts to side step chivalry.
Liverpool also announced the signing of talented young winger Oussama Assaidi, according to the Guardian in the past 24 hours.
West Brom's big signings come in the form of making a permanent move for Birmingham's Ben Foster and Swedish free agent Markus Rosenberg. Additional moves include Racing Club's Claudio Yacob and loan signings Yassine El Ghanassy from AA Gent and Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku.
Possible Starting XI's
West Bromwich Albion
Ben Foster: Billy Jones, Liam Ridgewell, Jonas Olsson, Gareth McAuley; Graham Dorrans, Youssuf Mulumbu, Chris Brunt, James Morrison; Peter Odemwingie, Shane Long.
Pepe Reina: Glen Johnson, Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger, Jose Enrique;Lucas; Joe Allen, Steven Gerrard;Stewart Downing, Fabio Borini, Luis Suarez.
Match Prediction : 1 - 3 Liverpool
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