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A massive three points at Old Trafford has put Liverpool right back in the mix for the top four spots, though you feel anything other than a win here would all but end those hopes so it really is all or nothing for the Reds now.
Sam Allardyce couldn’t work his magic on this West Brom side and despite some impressive displays, they’ve been too few and far between for them to survive the drop this season.
Their form reads a respectable W3-D5-L4 from their last 12 outings as they made a late push for safety, while their record against the top six should at least keep Liverpool on their toes for this one.
Indeed, they’ve avoided defeat in half of their 10 matches against the current crop of top-six sides, as under Allardyce alone they’ve taken points off Man City, Man United, Chelsea and Liverpool themselves, so this certainly isn’t a foregone conclusion.
It’s therefore surprising to see how short Liverpool are on the 1x2 market and there definitely seems to be some value in getting the hosts onside one way or another.
Liverpool have a poor 2021 by their standards, though they’ve picked up slightly in recent weeks in all fairness as after a run of six defeats from eight matches in all competitions, they’ve now suffered just one in 10 with that coming against European giants Real Madrid who, with all due respect, are on a different level to the Baggies.
West Brom +2 Asian Handicap
Despite that victory last night, the Merseyside club have still drawn three of their last five games, as late concessions against Leeds and Newcastle stuck a thorn in their side as they challenge to make Europe’s elite competition for next season.
Their record against this level of opposition should give West Brom serious hope of getting a result and giving the fans something to smile at.
It’s now just two wins in 10 against the current bottom-six sides for Liverpool, with both victories coming over a notably poor Sheffield United. Each of the other eight have finished either 0-0, 1-1 or 1-0 in favour of the underdogs.
What’s more, Sam Allardyce’s personal record against Jurgen Klopp leaves the visitors looking unbelievably short here.
The Englishman is unbeaten in his last five Premier League meetings with the German, drawing four and winning one of those games and, even more impressively, those games came with Big Sam managing four different clubs, so we’d back him to frustrate his opponent here, leaving the Asian handicap a good prospect.