West Brom manager Alan Pardew has confirmed that Gareth Barry and James Morrison will not take part in the trip to Anfield to face Liverpool on Wednesday night.
The Baggies are also expected to be without the services of wide midfielders Matty Phillips and Nacer Chadli as Pardew’s first few games in charge of the Black Country club has been hit by a midfield injury crisis.
Pardew is yet to taste victory since replacing Tony Pulis as Hawthorns head coach and his chances may have taken a huge blow with two first-team midfielders definitely ruled out in Barry and Morrison.
“Gareth Barry isn’t available tomorrow. We will have to wait and see about Nacer and Matty. James Morrison won’t play against Liverpool,” he said, as quoted by West Brom’s official Twitter account on Tuesday.
AP: “Gareth Barry isn’t available tomorrow. We will have to wait and see about Nacer and Matty. James Morrison won’t play against Liverpool.”#WBA
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) December 12, 2017
West Brom are without a win in the Premier League since August and took a major blow to their hopes of moving away from the relegation zone on Saturday when they lost 1-0 to fellow strugglers Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.
Liverpool on the other hand will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing draw against Everton on Sunday.
Wayne Rooney slotted home a penalty to equalise for the Toffees in a game which Jurgen Klopp’s side should have really ran away with after piling on the pressure throughout the 90 minutes.
More of the same can be expected on Wednesday when the Baggies arrive on Merseyside as they look to grind out a positive result that can potentially spark a surge up the table.
In other Liverpool news, Joey Barton has made a prediction about the Reds’ Champions League draw to play Porto.