By Harvey Byrne

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has stated that Adam Lallana “has to play” in Liverpool’s clash against West Brom on Saturday.

The two side’s are set to play each other at Anfield in BT Sports’ 5.30pm late kick off spot.

The Reds are coming off of the back of a 0-0 draw with fierce rivals Manchester United on Monday, in which Lallana was reduced to a 60 minute substitute appearance after suffering an injury in the previous fixture against Swansea.

Now, former Premier League defender Merson has predicted a comfortable 3-1 victory, but thinks Liverpool “should take a chance and play” the England international against the Midlands outfit.

“I was a bit disappointed in Liverpool against United,” started writing Merson in his Sky Sports column. “People criticised United, who did sit back, but I thought Liverpool were going to come out of the blocks and play like they have been at home recently.

“They created two chances in the whole match, and I didn’t think it was good enough. They didn’t have many ideas, and struggled against a team who, granted, defended well. It was disappointing, and I expected them to win the game.

“West Brom are going to be hard to beat, they’re doing well, but I think Liverpool will win this. Adam Lallana has to play, they should take a chance and play him.

“They missed him against United, they didn’t look like they were going to open much up without him in the team. The Baggies will sit back and they need to break them open. ”

Lallana, 28, completed a move to Anfield from Southampton in the summer of 2014 for a £25million fee.

He has been rejuvenated in the new campaign under manager Jurgen Klopp with three goals and three assists in his nine appearances for Liverpool.

The Reds will be welcoming West Brom in Merseyside, as they sit in fourth place and unbeaten in eight encounters in all competitions.

In other Liverpool news, this Premier League side have joined Huddersfield in the race to sign Joe Gomez in the January window.