Before Liverpool thumped West Brom 4-1 in Anfield back in October, West Brom had enjoyed a three match winning streak against their more illustrious opponents during their lowest ebb.
However, as the October defeat showed, things have changed and it seems the two teams have had a reversal of fortunes. With Man United losing, Tottenham drawing and Everton struggling to defeat Aston Villa, Liverpool are the form team in the chase for fourth. A victory against West Brom would take them nine clear of Man Utd, five ahead of Tottenham and maintain their four point advantage over Everton.
West Brom on the other hand have firmly been pulled into a relegation scrap after rivals West Ham and Sunderland won today. Currently 17th, a large defeat could take them below West Ham and into 18th; therefore, for two completely different reasons, tomorrow's match can be viewed as a milestone match, a match that could define how the rest of the season goes for both sides.
How West Brom deal with Liverpool's attacking three will, as always, determine how the match goes. Against Everton, Brendan Rodgers chose to go with Suarez, Sturridge and Sterling as the front three attackers interchanging, whilst Coutinho played in behind them supplying the trio with defence splitting through balls.
Although ultra attacking, it worked a treat against Everton and given Rodgers inclination for attacking football at all cost, I can imagine he will use the players in the same tactic tomorrow.
As West Brom conceded four against an Aston Villa attack that bares some similarity to Liverpool's attackers when it comes to sheer pace on the break, they have their hands full trying to contain Liverpool tomorrow.
West Brom have three center backs to choose from: Gareth McAuley (34), Jonas Olsson (30), and Diego Lugano (33); they are all slow and susceptible on the break.
However, West Brom do not concede too much at home, and a lot of that is owed to the duo of Mulumbu and Yacob. The two defensive midfielders clean up everything in front of them so that the two at the back are not burdened with too much pressure.
Of course with Liverpool's attacking prowess, West Brom will be under more pressure than usual and although they still should be able to put up a good fight, it may take away from their forward play.
With Anelka and Sessegnon out, West Brom are already weak in this department. The best way to defend against Liverpool is to attack them. I just fear that West Brom's weak attack will make them focus on defending; if that is the case Liverpool will eventually pick them off.
As the center of West Brom is likely to be heavily marked, Liverpool could get a lot of joy out wide. Ridgewell and Reid represent two spot spots for West Brom and given the movement of the Liverpool forwards, a few slick one-twos could see Liverpool move from the wing into a shooting position in the middle.
West Bromwich Albion 0-2 Liverpool