With the Europa League final taking place just three days after their trip to West Bromwich Albion, Liverpool are unlikely to send a full-strength delegation to The Hawthorns.
The Reds need three points to stand a chance of a top-six finish, but with an experimental team taking the field at a ground where they’ve encountered a multitude of issues in the past, the Baggies must be backed for success at 27/20.
Jurgen Klopp selected a team that, injury permitting, may well line up against Sevilla in the Europa showpiece in their 1-1 draw with Chelsea last time out. It’s unlikely the German will send the same side into battle for the second time in a week so close to their season-defining clash.
Klopp sent a sacrificial outfit to Swansea City in the game that preceded Liverpool’s must-win semi-final second leg with Villarreal, with the likes of Danny Ward, Kevin Stewart, Sheyi Ojo and Brad Smith among the rookies to make the XI.
More Premier League minutes are surely in store for these seldom-seen youngsters against a West Brom outfit that’s more experienced than most.
A coach as wily as Tony Pulis is certain to utilise his crafty veterans’ game smarts – with an average north of 29, the Baggies have the league’s oldest squad – to get the upper hand on Liverpool’s green horns.
Full strength Reds allocations haven’t been able to win on any of their previous three visits to The Hawthorns in the league; even their supremely-gifted attacking outfit of 2013/14 with Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez leading the line could only muster a 1-1 draw.
They’ve kept just three 2016 clean sheets across all competitions on the road, so West Brom have a great chance to snap a three-match scoreless streak in front of the faithful, who have already seen them topple Arsenal and Manchester United this term.